Sam Coffey, Penn State women’s soccer player, scores first professional goal

This has been a long time, folks.

On Wednesday night, former Penn State women’s soccer star Sam Coffey scored the first goal of her professional career in the National Women’s Soccer League.

Coffey, a rookie midfielder for Portland Thorns, scored the team’s second goal of the night in the 48th minute against Racing Louisville FC of Providence Park. The Thorns won the match 3-0.

After Wednesday night’s victory, Coffey and the Thorns climbed to number one in the NWSL rankings with a 9-3-8 record. Coffey is part of the team with another Nittany Lion alumnus, Rocky Rodríguez.

Coffey’s first professional season has gone into the books so far. The native of Sleepy Hollow, New York, took Rookie of the Month Awards in June and made 16 appearances in 20 games. Now, she can add her first objective to that list.

In addition to the NWSL, Coffey earned him first call-up to the United States Women’s National Team during the summer and made its first internationalization to the team in early September.

Coffey’s rise in the world of professional women’s football is undeniable, and the Nittany Lion alumnus continues to impress.

The Thorns have two more regular season games before the NWSL playoffs begin. Portland will kick off against the Chicago Red Stars at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 25 at home, followed by an away game at 3:00 pm on Saturday, October 1 against NY/NJ Gotham FC.

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Keeley is a sophomore journalism student from Richmond, Virginia, and is one of the associate editors at Onward State. She also talks about random and fun stuff on our podcast, Podward State. Keeley is a lover of grilled cheese, naps and Kevin Jonas. If you’d like to share your thoughts on the top Jonas Brother, feel free to contact her on Twitter @lammkeeley or send your best Spotify playlist to her email [email protected]

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