Danielle Toney just finished a standout junior season at Penn State (Photo by Maxwell Kruger, The Daily Collegian).
Blues Add Penn State’s Danielle Toney, Matildas Clare Polkinghorne and Karla Reuter
Pacific Palisades, Calif. (Tuesday, January 12, 2010) – When a team is coming off back-to-back championships, no time can be wasted when putting together a roster to make a run at a third title. So is the case with the two-time USL W-League champion Pali Blues Soccer Club, who announced today the addition of Penn State forward Danielle Toney, as well as Australian National Team defenders Clare Polkinghorne and Karla Reuter, who are both pending international clearance.
Toney is coming off a team-leading 30-point season at Penn State, recording 12 goals and six assists. The Northville, Michigan, native received NSCAA First Team All-Great Lakes recognition as well as First Team All-Big Ten accolades for her standout junior season and looks to be an anchor for the Nittany Lion attack this upcoming fall. In her freshman campaign in University Park, Toney was a Big Ten All-Freshman selection after registering seven goals and two assists, and the 2008 Big Ten Tournament MVP tallied 27 points on a well-balanced 10 goals and seven helpers the following year. Prior to her arrival at Penn State, she was a three-time NSCAA Youth All-American and also a Parade All-American while playing at Northville High School. The two-time All-State selection also spent time in the player pools for the U.S. National Team at the U-15, U-16 and U-17 levels.
Polkinghorne is a native of Brisbane, Australia, and she currently plays for the Queensland Roar of the Australian W-League. She has played for her native country at the national team level for the past four years, recording a pair of goals in 26 international appearances. She also played for Australia in the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup in China, where she was part of the Matildas’ first World Cup win over Ghana and helped her country advance to the quarterfinals.
Reuter is also a native of Brisbane, Australia, and spent this past season with the Queensland Roar. The Queensland Academy of Sport graduate began playing for the Matildas at the U-19 level in 2002 at the FIFA World Championships in Canada. She has remained a fixture with her native national team ever since then, capping 14 times while playing in the 2003 FIFA World Cup and 2004 Olympic Games. Reuter began her club career with the Queensland Sting of the Australian Women’s National Football League before joining the Toowoomba Raiders, and she is widely acknowledged for her stout defensive prowess.
All future announcements regarding the 2010 Pali Blues roster will be made through the team website at www.bluessoccerclub.com, and fans are also encouraged to keep up with the team on both Facebook and Twitter.