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Penn State Women’s Soccer Climbs To No. 8 In United Soccer Coaches Poll

Penn State women’s soccer is back in the top 10 of this week’s United Soccer Coaches Poll. Erica Dambach’s squad jumped six spots to No. 8 Tuesday afternoon.

The Nittany Lions had a successful week with a marquee win over then-No. 3 Virginia on Thursday, and a last-minute Kate Wiesner goal on Sunday defeated NC State 1-0.

The undefeated trip to Charlottesville puts Penn State at 6-1 heading into Big Ten play.

The schedule won’t get any easier, considering conference foes Rutgers (No. 16) and Michigan (No. 21) are both ranked, and Purdue is receiving votes. Penn State will open its Big Ten slate on Sunday in Piscataway against the No. 16 Scarlet Knights.

It will be tough for the Nittany Lions to crack the top five without some chaos happening. Florida State, UNC, UCLA, Duke, TCU, and LSU make up the top six, and are a combined 44-0 to start the season. Virginia dropped from No. 3 to No. 7 following its loss to the Nittany Lions.

Meanwhile on the men’s side, Penn State is receiving 33 votes, which is good for No. 30 in the country. With a loss to Pitt on Monday, don’t expect the Nittany Lions to reenter the rankings next week, either.

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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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