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Penn State Women’s Soccer Midfielder Cori Dyke Finishes No. 8 In TopDrawerSoccer’s Postseason Top 100

The Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year is the No. 8 female college footballer in the United States.

Penn State women’s soccer midfielder Cori Dyke ranked No. 8 in TopDrawerSoccer’s Postseason Top-100 list Wednesday, following a historic fifth year.

In addition to her top-10 national finish, Dyke was named an All-American, the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year, an Academic All-American, a TopDrawerSoccer best-11 first-team selection, a first-team All-Big Ten selection, and more. Meanwhile, the defensive-midfield combo tallied the most starts and appearances by any Penn State soccer player.

Dyke registered starts in every single one of her 108 appearances in blue and white and recorded nine goals and nine assists through five seasons. A true center midfielder, Dyke slid back in the 2023 season to play center back and made waves as she was named the conference’s defensive player of the year.

The Littleton, Colorado, native was one of two Big Ten members to appear in the top 10 of TopDrawerSoccer’s Postseason Top 100. She joins No. 3 Eleanor Dale from Nebraska, while just one additional conference opponent made the top 25.

“I’m not sure we’ve had a more process-driven, consistent, intentional student-athlete in our 17 years with Penn State women’s soccer than Cori Dyke,” head coach Erica Dambach wrote on Twitter.

Dyke is registered for the 2024 NWSL Draft, according to Soccer Wire, which is set to take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 12.

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