Former Penn State women’s soccer star joins U.S. National team

Story posted September 7, 2022 in CommRadio, Sports by Maclain Young

After a stellar college career with Penn State, Sam Coffey has been called up to the United States Women’s National team.

Coffey debuted in a friendly match against Nigeria Tuesday night in which the Red, White and Blue won 2-1.

The former Penn State star did not score any goals or record any assists but looked lively throughout the match as she played the full 90 minutes.

Coffey played two seasons at Boston College before transferring to Penn State for her final three college campaigns.

As a Nittany Lion, Coffey became the 50th player in NCAA Division I soccer to have 40 career goals and 40 career assists.

From the time she first stepped on campus, Coffey brought big expectations for herself and the team.

In her junior season and first at Penn State, Coffey was named First-Team All-Big Ten. She also received that honor in the 2020-2021 season.

In each of her three seasons with the Blue and White, Coffey led the team to winning records, and NCAA tournament runs.

The Nittany Lions won at least two NCAA tournament matches in each of Coffey’s seasons with the squad.

In her final season at Penn State, she scored eight goals and led the team with eight assists. Coffey also started all 21 matches for the Nittany Lions last season.

After the conclusion of her collegiate career, Coffey was drafted in the second round of the NWSL draft by the Portland Thorns.

It should be exciting to see Coffey continue to climb the highest ranks of women’s soccer by getting into the USWNT and continuing the legacy of past Nittany Lions playing at the highest level.

Maclain Young is a third-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email