Two Penn State Women’s Soccer Captains Named Big Ten Players Of The Week
In just week one of Penn State women’s soccer’s non-conference schedule, two of its captains were named Big Ten Players of the Week.
Katherine Asman was named the Big Ten Co-Goalkeeper of the Week, while Cori Dyke earned Big Ten Defender of the Week honors.
The Nittany Lions settled with a 1-0-1 record in their opening week of play at Jeffrey Field. The team hosted No. 2 North Carolina in its season opener and held the national powerhouse to a scoreless tie. Three days later, Penn State exploded for an 8-0 victory over West Chester by way of goals by six different players.
Graduate goaltender Asman maintained a clean sheet throughout the Nittany Lions’ two-game slate. The Roswell, Georgia, native recorded two saves through 19 shots from Anson Dorrance’s North Carolina squad and saw less action from the Division II Golden Rams. West Chester tallied only two shots, neither of which were on target.
Dyke was instrumental in Penn State’s draw against the Tar Heels following a tactical choice to drop the typical midfielder into a center-back position. Dyke, alongside starting center-back Mieke Schiemann, slowed down a potent North Carolina offense and held it to zero goals.
Although she operates as a midfielder, Dyke slid into a center-back role in one game and scored a banner goal in another. The captain took just one shot against West Chester but drilled the attempt into the back of the net from distance.
Following its undefeated opening week, Penn State will hit the road to challenge West Virginia at 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, in Morgantown. Then, Erica Dambach and Co. will return to Happy Valley to host TCU at 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 27.
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