Penn State Women’s Soccer Names 2023 Team Captains
Penn State women’s soccer head coach Erica Dambach named her team’s 2023 captains Friday afternoon, according to a release.
Katherine Asman, Cori Dyke, and Kate Wiesner will step into captain roles ahead of their fifth years as Nittany Lions.
“I feel like they have each stepped up into the role they were always meant for, and we all feel great about the direction that they will take this team,” Dambach said. “Each of them has been on an incredible journey here, and they have made us so proud in so many ways.”
Asman, a three-year starting goalkeeper, will begin her fifth year leading the Nittany Lions from the net. A Roswell, Georgia, native, Asman started in four of five appearances as a redshirt freshman and served as Penn State’s starting goaltender ever since.
Asman boasts a .744 save percentage across five seasons and most recently registered a .792 save percentage throughout the 2022 season. The goalkeeper posted 12 shutouts last season en route to Penn State’s Big Ten Tournament victory and NCAA Tournament berth.
Cori Dyke will bring consistency and precision to the Nittany Lions’ midfield. Dyke has remained a constant character in Penn State’s starting lineup since 2019 and the Littleton, Colorado, native has over 7,155 minutes on her stat sheet.
“Cori Dyke’s the franchise,” Dambach said of Dyke in September. “We go as she goes.”
Dyke was a key piece in Dambach’s postseason run to the Sweet Sixteen, scoring four goals and tallying one assist as the midfield linchpin throughout the season.
Kate Wiesner rounds out the Nittany Lions’ captain group. Wiesner started in 22 of Penn State’s 23 games in 2022 and recorded two goals and 11 assists.
Wiesner has rostered on the U.S. Women’s National Team at the U-15, U-17, U-19, and most recently in March, U-23 levels. During her time on U.S. youth rosters, Wiesner was also once ranked as the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2019 before her commitment to Penn State.
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