Penn St. players spearhead national team

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Penn State women’s soccer freshman Brittany Basinger scored the third goal of the game and sophomore Mallory Weber added goals eight and nine on Monday night as the U.S. U-20 National Team defeated Guatemala, 10-0, to complete a perfect run through Group A play in the CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship.

The Americans defeated Jamaica, 3-0, last Saturday and Costa Rica, 5-0, last Thursday, extending their winning streak in the tournament to 13-straight matches.

The U.S. squad will face either Mexico or Trinidad in the semifinals, which kick off on Friday at 7 p.m. on FOX Soccer 2GO. Costa Rica, the Group A runner-up, will also compete in the semifinals.

A victory in Friday’s semifinal match would secure the U.S. a spot in the championship match as well as a berth to the 2014 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Wolverton honored

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State men’s standout goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton picked up three year-end awards to cap off a tremendous 2013 campaign.

Wolverton was tabbed Philly Soccer News’ Player of the Year, the first Nittany Lion to do so since Corey Hertzog in 2010. Wolverton also garnered’s second-team All-America mention as well as a spot on the’s third team.