Maya Hayes scored her third and fourth goals of the weekend to send the Lady Lions soccer team to their 14th straight Big 10 title yesterday, and Taylor Schram and Ali Schaefer added the other two tallies as Penn State finished off a road drubbing of Michigan, 4-0. That win not only won them the conference championship, but also marked the 10th straight win for the Lady Lions, giving Penn State their longest women’s soccer winning streak since 2005.
“Today was a great performance in execution as we finished our chances well,” Head coach Erica Walsh told GoPSUSports.com after the game.
“Winning another Big Ten title is one of the many goals that this team has and it was important for us to win the championship for the alums that were here before us. The players have bought into the system and really played excellent during our Big Ten games.”
Penn State completed their sweep of the state on Saturday, as Hayes scored two of three goals in a 3-1 victory over Michigan State in East Lansing.
The final home match for the Lady Lions (16-3, 9-1) is this Friday at 7 p.m. at Jeffery Field.
The men’s soccer team jumped a game over .500 this week, but dropped right back to that mark with a 1-0 overtime loss against Ohio State on Sunday.
The scoring woes continue for this club, who will have their season remembered at this point as much for the great goalkeeping from freshmen Andrew Wolverton as it will for it’s inability to put enough balls in to the back of the net to win tight games.
Even in victory, the Lions couldn’t muster much offense: Hasani Sinclair scored the game-winner in Penn State’s 1-0 victory over UMBC on Wednesday, snapping a three game losing streak with a formidable win over a team that’s currently sitting in first in the America East Conference.
However, more troubling is the fact that the win was Penn State’s first road win of the season, another trend that has caused this team much heartache. Not winning on the road in the Big 10 is practically a death sentence, as this year may eventually prove when everything is said and done.
It was an uncharacteristically tough week for Charlene Morett’s club, as they were held scoreless for the first time this season in a pair of Big 10 shutout losses to Michigan and Ohio State.
It’s uncharacteristic simply for the fact that the Nitts’ are the leading goal scorers in the Big 10, averaging just over three goals a game–but Kelsey Amy and company were held without a goal in both contests.
Penn State dropped to third in the Big 10 with the pair of losses, making October 30th’s contest with Michigan State a potentially huge game in terms of conference standing heading in to tournament time.
Stay tuned to Onward State for fall sports updates as the Big Ten championship tournaments are quickly approaching.