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Penn State Women’s Soccer Releases Fall Schedule

The reigning Big Ten regular-season champions have their path to another trophy set after Penn State women’s soccer announced its 17-game schedule on Thursday.

The first seven matches of the season will be against non-conference opponents before the Big Ten slate gets underway on September 19 against Rutgers. Penn State will open the season on Thursday, August 19, against UMass at Jeffrey Field. It will be the first sporting event of the academic year for Penn State.

The Nittany Lions will begin the campaign with a three-game homestead. Following the opener against the Minutemen, Erica Dambach’s team will play La Salle (August 22) and Hofstra (August 29) before going on the road for the first time to face West Virginia on September 2. The matchup with the Mountaineers comes a day before the two men’s teams will take the field in Morgantown.

The beginning of the season is interesting. The first three games at Jeffrey Field will be balanced by five straight games on the road. After the trip to Morgantown, Penn State heads to Orlando to play UCF (September 5) before a two-game weekend tournament at the University of Virginia. The Nittany Lions will first play Virginia on Thursday, September 9, and face NC State that Sunday.

The Big Ten opener against Rutgers should be one of the most interesting matches all season. Last spring, the Nittany Lions fell to the Scarlet Knights in the opener. Both went on to compete in the NCAA Tournament.

Penn State will return to Jeffrey Field for the first time in nearly a month on September 23 to play Northwestern and will extend its stay at home against Ohio State that same weekend. Another road trip takes the Nittany Lions to Wisconsin (September 30) and Minnesota (October 3) to bring the team halfway through the conference season.

Penn State will finish its home slate with three matches in eight days. The Nittany Lions will play Maryland on October 10, the team they dismantled in last spring’s Senior Day 6-0, before playing Indiana (October 14) and Purdue (October 17), the latter of which will be this season’s Senior Day.

The regular season will finish on the road up north, with an October 21 visit to rivals Michigan, and an October 24 meeting with Michigan State.

Here is the full schedule for the Nittany Lions this coming fall. Conference games are marked by an asterisk:

  • August 19: vs. UMass
  • August 22: vs. La Salle
  • August 29: vs. Hofstra
  • September 2: @ West Virginia
  • September 5: @ UCF
  • September 9: @ Virginia
  • September 12: NC State (at Virginia)
  • September 19: @ Rutgers*
  • September 23: vs. Northwestern*
  • September 26: vs. Ohio State*
  • September 30: @ Wisconsin*
  • October 3: @ Minnesota*
  • October 10: vs. Maryland*
  • October 14: vs. Indiana*
  • October 17: vs. Purdue*
  • October 21: @ Michigan*
  • October 24: @ Michigan State*
  • October 29 to November 7: Big Ten Tournament
  • TBD: NCAA Tournament

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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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