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Sam Coffey Named TopDrawerSoccer National Player Of The Week

The accolades kept coming for Penn State women’s soccer on Tuesday when Sam Coffey was named National Player of the Week.

Coffey earned the award by having an incredibly productive long weekend. The senior tallied two goals and three assists in 161 total minutes on the field.

Coffey began her Player of the Week campaign early on in Thursday’s first half against Minnesota. She earned the hockey assist on Ally Schlegel’s opening goal, setting up Frankie Tagliaferri’s through ball to the striker.

Later, Coffey grabbed the third Nittany Lion goal that would be the eventual capper in a 3-0 win over the Gophers.

On Sunday, Coffey solidified one of her career-defining weeks with a dominant performance over Michigan. Just 32 seconds after the Wolverines took an early lead, Coffey equalized via the penalty spot and continued to dish out two assists before 30 minutes had passed.

Due to the impressive performances from Coffey and her teammates, Penn State returned to the top 10 in the national rankings.

Coffey couldn’t have done it alone last week. It is worth noting that two Nittany Lions — Schlegel and Kat Asman — were named Big Ten Player of the Week and Goalkeeper of the Week, while the senior didn’t even feature within the conference awards. Schlegel was awarded honorable mention for the past week, barely missing out on the national Team of the Week.

With six goals and six assists through eight games, Coffey is in the hunt for the MAC Hermann Trophy, soccer’s equivalent of the Heisman. Penn State’s talisman has three more regular-season matches and the postseason to leave State College with the most prestigious award in college soccer.

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Otis Lyons

Otis is a sophomore majoring in print journalism and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He lives just north of San Francisco, and is a diehard San Jose Earthquakes fan. Feel free to send over your soccer hot takes to his twitter @otisnlyons1 and instagram @otislyons

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