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Katherine Asman Drafted No. 39 Overall By Portland Thorns In 2024 NWSL Draft

Penn State women’s soccer’s five-year goaltender is off to the NWSL.

Katherine Asman was selected by the Portland Thorns as the No. 39 overall pick in the third round of the NWSL Draft Friday night.

Teammate Payton Linnehan was selected by the Thorns with the No. 11 overall pick, and Asman and Linnehan will join Nittany Lions Sam Coffey and Rocky Rodriguez in Portland.

Asman arrived in Happy Valley in 2018 and utilized her redshirt season. As a redshirt freshman the following year, the goalkeeper appeared in five games and made four starts on the back of 14 total saves in her debut season.

In her sophomore campaign, Asman was named the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week and notched her first career shutout along with a career-high eight saves in Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.

At the start of her junior season, Asman became the go-to goalkeeper for the blue and white. As a redshirt senior, she was named the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week three times, recorded nine shutouts, and completed a .792 save percentage.

Asman remained in Happy Valley as a graduate student in 2023, landing an All-Big Ten second-team selection and two straight weeks as the Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Week. Her nine shutouts ranked fourth in the Big Ten, and she allowed just 14 goals through 23 games.

Asman concluded her Penn State career with the third-most saves in program history with 323 and owns the third-highest career shutouts in program history with 27. The Roswell, Georgia, native gave up 84 total goals and closed her career with a .794 save percentage.

The Thorns finished No. 2 in the regular season in 2023 with a 10-5-7 record. Portland’s roster is highlighted by Sophia Smith, Meghan Klingenberg, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Nittany Lions Coffey, Rodriguez, and Linnehan.

Asman will likely sit behind Thorns goalkeepers Bella Bixby, Shelby Hogan, and Michigan State alumna Lauren Kozal.

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