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Penn State Women’s Soccer’s Ally Schlegel Named MAC Hermann Trophy Semifinalist

Penn State women’s soccer has one of the best 15 players in the nation.

While the team is preparing for Wednesday’s clash against No. 1 Florida State in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, star striker Ally Schlegel was included in the MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist list. She was one of just 15 players to be given the nod. Three finalists will be announced on Wednesday, May 12.

Schlegel clearly earned her spot on the list after a prolific year. The redshirt sophomore has 11 goals and six assists in 15 matches this season, including a brace against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament.

Schlegel’s past few games could be a cause for concern regarding her chances to win the award, which is the equivalent of college football’s Heisman Trophy.

The Parker, Colorado native hasn’t scored since that commanding victory against the Hoosiers. The three-game goalless drought is the longest she has gone her whole Nittany Lion career without putting it in the back of the net, and it comes just in time for Penn State’s toughest challenge yet.

However, this just means that Schlegel gets a perfect platform to resurrect her contention. The redshirt sophomore will go toe-to-toe with two other semifinalists on Wednesday, Malia Berkely and odds-on favorite Jaelin Howell. If the Nittany Lions run the Seminoles off the field and Schlegel gets on the scoresheet, the committee will have some tough questions to answer before the award is officially given on May 27.

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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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