The Penn State women's soccer team picked up its first ranking of the 2011 season, breaking into the SoccerTimes.com poll at No. 22. Additionally, the Nittany Lions received 17 votes in the NSCAA poll, and if they continue their recent hot streak, they could potentially break into that poll with two big wins this weekend.
After scoring three goals in two games this weekend, sophomore forward Maya Hayes was named to Soccer America's Team of the Week and earned SoccerSavings.com/Philly Soccer News Player of the Week honors as well. Hayes picked up the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week award on Monday.
Junior midfielder Christine Nairn was named as a "Primetime Performer" by collegesoccer360.com after posting two assists this weekend and for her overall contributions to making Penn State's offense hum.
In other news, 2007 graduate and two-time All-American Ali Krieger scored her first goal of the season for her club team FFC Frankfurt in Germany this past weekend. Krieger is the starting right back for the defending Frauen DFB-Pokal Cup champions and the United States women's national team. The Pokal Cup is the German domestic championship, open to any club team in the country, similar to England's FA Cup.
Krieger was also named to the 23-player U.S. roster for two upcoming friendlies against Canada to celebrate this summer's Women's World Cup team.