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Penn State Women’s Soccer Honors Kristin Schnurr On Senior Day

Penn State women’s soccer pulled out all the stops to deliver a proper Senior Day send-off for forward Kristin Schnurr, the Nittany Lions’ lone graduating player.

The Nittany Lions pulled off an impressive 6-0 win over Maryland on Saturday afternoon. The team did not slow down and dominated the game with three back-to-back goals in the first half and another three back-to-back in the second half of the match.

Penn State was named Big Ten regular-season champions for the 20th time in the program’s history this season after a win against Nebraska on March 28. The Nittany Lions showed their dominance in the Big Ten, their skill as a team, and their love for the game, which they will continue to demonstrate in the approaching postseason.

“We don’t take any game for granted together. Even though we knew this wouldn’t be our last game, we still wanted to come out and show what Penn State soccer is about as a team,” Schnurr said.

This season has obviously been a good one for the Nittany Lions. Penn State went through its last five games with only one goal scored in the match against Michigan. In those five games, a total of 17 goals were scored by Penn State, a clear sign of a squad who knows what it’s doing.

“With a combined group effort, just showing off what we’ve built here as a united family, showing what we’ve worked on throughout last fall and throughout this spring to finally come together to win the Big Ten Championship and to go on and keep winning from there,” Schnurr said.

Schnurr took to the pitch for her last time in the regular season and assisted the fifth goal of the game against Maryland. She is known to be a key player offensively, but even when she doesn’t score goals, she sets up the Nittany Lions for a win and keeps spirits high.

“Obviously, I love scoring goals. But being able to see your teammates score and to celebrate with them, it still makes me tear up thinking about it,” Schnurr said. “I just love when our team succeeds and just can keep scoring in games, even ones such as this.”

Schnurr has been on the team for six and a half years dating back to 2015. She’s shown leadership on the team over those years and has made a great impact on the program.

“What I’ve appreciated so much about Kristin Schnurr is that we have open, honest conversations and that she is one that is full of confidence for all the right reasons,” head coach Erica Dambach said.

With the affectionate nickname of “Grandma,” Schnurr has shown players the ropes to being on a championship-winning team and served as a role model for her younger teammates to look up to.

“Being a grandma to all my kids, just being able to help bring them into the Penn State soccer family and teach them what we’re about has been incredible,” Schnurr said. “I’m very emotional because the team means so much and we’re so united. I’m just really happy to keep continuing to win with this team.”

The Nittany Lions will begin playing postseason games starting next weekend. They’ll play the winner of Indiana and Michigan on Sunday, April 11, for the Big Ten’s “Regional Weekend.”

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