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Penn State Women’s Soccer Goalie Mackenzie Gress Called Up To U.S. U-20 National Team

Penn State women’s soccer goalkeeper Mackenzie Gress was called up to the United States U-20 Women’s National Team, the team announced Monday. Gress, a redshirt freshman, will travel to Columbia later this month for two matches against the Columbia U-20 Women’s National Team.

Gress is among 12 collegiate athletes who will take the trip to Bogotá. She is the only player representing the Big Ten in the camp but will be joined by players from the ACC, Pac-12, and West Coast Conference.  

Gress is no stranger to receiving a call-up from the national team, as she represented the United States for its U-14, U-16, and U-18 squads in the past. The Lyndhurst, New Jersey, native has yet to appear for the U-20 team despite participating in its training camp earlier this year.  

For Penn State, Gress has seen limited opportunities to show off her abilities, playing 88 minutes in the 2023 season. In that time, she faced three shots not allowing any to find the back of the net. However, with the departure of goalkeeper Kat Asman to the NWSL, Gress may have her name called more often in 2024.

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