The Penn State connection runs deep between Boston and Washington

- By Katie Peverada

(Aug. 7, 2015) - When the Boston Breakers host the Washington Spirit on Saturday, the game will feature a few players that at one point in their soccer careers donned the same blue uniform on the pitch. A fan of Boston could tell you that the Spirit’s Joanna Lohman once sported the same Breakers’ blue as Maddy Evans, Katie Schoepfer and Alyssa Naeher during the 2013 and 2014 NWSL seasons, or that Tiffany Weimer played for Boston during the 2010 WPS season.

But there is also a connection starting with the white and royal blue uniforms of the Pennsylvania State University women’s soccer team, one that spans 15 seasons.

During the 2015 NWSL season, 10 players in the league have ties to Penn State, with eight of the players listed on the rosters for Saturday’s game alone. From the Breakers, Evans, Schoepfer and Naeher all suited up for the Nittany Lions, while from the Spirit it’s Lohman, Weimer, Ali Krieger, Christine Nairn, and Whitney Church.

The two rosters feature 15 consecutive seasons of Penn State soccer, starting with Lohman in 2000 and ending with Church in 2014. Individually, these eight players are some of the best the school has ever seen: 16 All-American selections, 21 All Big Ten First Team selections, eight M.A.C. Hermann Trophy Finalist selections, a two-time Big Ten Defender of the Year award winner, the PSU career leader in goals scored.

Of the five fastest goals scored in PSU history, Saturday’s matchup features three of the goal-scorers. Washington’s Weimer is tied for second (56 seconds) while Nairn holds fourth (63) and Boston’s Evans sits in third (62 seconds). Additionally, Weimer and Lohman combined for the shortest time between two goals in school history during a 2003 game against Iowa, scoring a mere 15 seconds apart.

Collectively, though, is where the work of the eight players in Saturday’s game is striking, and it would be hard to describe the players’ work at Penn State in one word. Take a look at the information below (but also take a look at how each player describes their time at PSU):

 

Naeher: “Tradition.”

Schoepfer: “Amazing.”

Evans: “Family.”

Krieger: “Happy.”

Church: “Beautiful.”

Lohman: “Home.”

Nairn: “Perfect.”

Weimer: “Tradition.”

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