What hasn’t Raquel Rodriguez done?
The former Penn State midfielder has won a national title (scoring the game-winner to do it), won the Mac Hermann Trophy for best college soccer player in the country and scored the first goal in Costa Rican history in the FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Now, “Rocky,” as she’s known, can add one more accolade to her name: National Women’s Soccer League Rookie of the Year.
— NWSL (@NWSL) October 3, 2016
Rodriguez, the No. 2 pick by Sky Blue FC (Piscataway, N.J.) in the 2016 NWSL Draft, had a goal and an assist in 18 appearances. She logged 1,461 minutes for the team in its seventh-place finish this year.
At Penn State, Rodriguez was a four-year starter and a captain in her senior year, playing 6,829 minutes for the Nittany Lions. As primarily a midfielder, she scored 23 goals and had 28 assists.
For Costa Rica, Rodriguez had six goals in CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying, but her most notable goal came in the 2015 World Cup, seen here thanks to Penn State women’s soccer’s Instagram post.