NITTANY LIONS TAKE 11TH-STRAIGHT BIG TEN TITLE NAB FINAL BIG TEN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP ﬁve goals, one in each game, while Naeher made 14 saves in the tournament, nine alone against Minnesota.
PENN STATE MAKES 14TH-STRAIGHT NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE AFTER 11TH-STRAIGHT BIG TEN TITLE Penn State continued its winning ways in 2008, winning the Big Ten for the 11th-straight time with an 8-2 record. A mid-season win over Minnesota gave the Nittany Lions possession of the title as they were tied with the Golden Gophers. By virtue of the Big Ten title, Penn State earned its 14th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. NITTANY LIONS CAPTURE FINAL BIG TEN TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONSHIP Prior to the close of the season, the Big Ten announced that the season-ending tournament would see its last edition in 2008. Penn State romped through the ﬁeld, taking three straight against hosts Iowa (2-1), fourth-seeded Michigan State (1-0) and second-seeded Minnesota (2-1), handing the Gophers just their third loss of the year at the time. Penn State would account for two of Minnesota’s four losses in 2008.
UPSET CITY PSU suﬀered tough defeats at the hands of non-ranked opponents early in the non-conference season in matching 1-0 losses to Brown and James Madison. Another upset would come when Michigan State broke Penn State’s eight-game Big Ten unbeaten streak with a 3-1 win in East Lansing. In all three of the losses, Penn State was ranked 11th or better. UPSET CITY: PART II Five days after the Michigan State game dropped the Nittany Lions out of the polls altogether, PSU fought back and served then-No. 23 Minnesota their second loss of the season, 2-0, at Jeﬀrey Field thanks to goals by Meghan Gill and Danielle Toney.
due. e win put PSU second behind the Michigan women’s swimming & diving dynasty that won 12 in a row. HOME WIN STREAK BROKEN Ohio State came into town as an unassuming team muddling through a 7-9-2 campaign, 4-5 in Big Ten play to face the Nittany Lions on Senior Night. No one thought the Buckeyes would break Penn State’s 49-game home Big Ten winning streak, which dated back to 1999 and 57-game Big Ten winning streak, which dated back to 1995. With the Big Ten title already assured, Ohio State broke through for a 1-0 upset of the No. 21 Nittany Lions to drop Penn State’s all-time Big Ten home record to 67-2-3. NAEHER EARNS WORLD CUP TITLE AND SECOND ALL-AMERICAN AWARD Alyssa Naeher was named an NSCAA First Team All-American on December 7. Hours later she would pick up the Golden Glove Award as the top goalkeeper in the FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile. Along with future PSU teammate Christine Nairn, Naeher led the Americans to the world championship victory.
Melissa Hayes tracks a Notre Dame attacker in front of 2,963.
e Penn State Nittany Lions celebrate the 2008 Big Ten Tournament championship at Iowa.
TONEY AND NAEHER EARN BIG TEN TOURNAMENT MVP AWARDS Danielle Toney and Alyssa Naeher were named Oﬀensive and Defensive MVPs for the Big Ten Tournament. Toney scored three of Penn State’s 30 PENN STATE 2009WOMEN’S SOCCER
Seniors Jessie Davis, Kaleen Adami, Zoe Bouchelle and Alli Daus celebrate their last Big Ten title at Purdue.
PENN STATE CAPTURES SHARE OF 11thSTRAIGHT TITLE AT PURDUE Penn State captured a share of the Big Ten title with a 2-0 win in West Lafayette, Ind. over Pur-
PENN STATE WELCOMES SECOND LARGEST CROWD TO JEFFREY FIELD e Notre Dame Fighting Irish came locked and loaded to University Park for a late-September clash with the Nittany Lions. e 2,963 in attendance were witness to a dazzling display of women’s college soccer at its ﬁnest as then-No. 1 Notre Dame left a 3-1 winner over Penn State. e Nittany Lions were just 245 short of setting a single-game record. 3,208 is still the mark to beat, which was set in 2006 in an upset win of then-No. 2 UCLA.
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2009 Penn State Women's Soccer Yearbook, includes player and coach bios, 2009 schedule and roster