Watch: Former Penn State Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher Makes Game-Saving Stop As U.S.A. Advances to World Cup Final

By Dan Smith on July 2, 2019 at 5:21 pm

United States women's soccer goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher, a three-year starter for Penn State from 2006-2009, made the save of the match Tuesday to keep the Americans in the lead over England.

The save on a penalty kick allowed the U.S. to hold on to a 2-1 lead, which ended up being the final tally.

The match was not without its share of controversy. An English goal to level the match at 2-2 was wiped out by an offside call via VAR, and the English penalty kick that Naeher saved was also the result of a questionable VAR decision.

Naeher has been one of the top goalkeepers in the U.S. for a decade, winning a number of awards in the NWSL. She participated in the 2015 World Cup as the reserve goalkeeper behind Hope Solo, but ascended to the starting position in 2016.

Penn State has made its mark in women's soccer at both the collegiate level and on the international stage. In addition to Naeher, former Nittany Lion defender Ali Krieger also appeared in the semifinal match as a substitute.

The Americans will face the winner of Wednesday's semifinal match between Sweden and the Netherlands. That final match will take place on Sunday, July 7 at 11 a.m. EDT and air on Fox.