Player Spotlight: Frannie Crouse

Player Spotlight: Frannie Crouse

Penn State women’s soccer entered their fall 2015 campaign ranked No. 6 in the country by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America preseason poll (NSCAA) along with the number two recruiting class in the country. To top off the preseason hype, the Nittany Lions were also picked as preseason favorites by the Big Ten Coaches poll. Nine games into the season, the team is living up to their preseason glory.

Penn State women’s soccer is now currently ranked No. 4 while boasting a 6-2-1 overall record and 1-1-0 in Big Ten Conference Play. A lot of Penn State’s success this year has come from the offense, with Frannie Crouse leading the way for the Lions.

Frannie Crouse came into this season with a stellar freshman year under her belt. Crouse was named to the All-Big Ten second and freshman teams while appearing in all games for Penn State last year as well as leading the offensive attack with a team high 10 goals on the season.

The Greensburg, PA native’s sophomore year is already on track to be even better than her first year. Crouse was recently named Soccer Player of the Week by espnW, making it the first espnW weekly award for the Nittany Lions in program history.

Crouse credits most of her success on the field from her speed. She told espnW , “I watch myself, and I shock myself. I don't really realize I'm going that fast or separating that quickly…I definitely don't expect it to ever happen. I am surprised a lot of the time that I do get that much separation just by those quick two steps." Those quick to steps have paid off this season. Crouse is currently tied for second on the team for goals scored with four and has seen time in every match this season.

As the Lions go deep into the year and prepare to make a postseason run, Frannie Crouse will be the player to watch. Her strength, quickness, and athleticism have proven to be extremely vital for the Lions so far this year and it is expected that Crouse will only go up from here.

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