The top seeded Penn State Women’s Soccer team will be looking to extend its season and move on to the Round of 16 as the Nittany Lions (18-3-1) host the Boston College Eagles (10-5-3) in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Jeffrey Field tonight.
The match begins at 7:30 p.m, and there may be some extra emotion early on after some extremely crude and offensive tweets resulted in the suspension of Eagles sophomore forward Stepanie McCaffrey last night. McCaffrey was a big contributor on offense, and her absence may hurt the Eagles who come in as underdogs against a Nittany Lions squad that has only lost one game at home all season.
Both teams enter pretty well-rested. The Nittany Lions defeated Long Island Brooklyn last Saturday 4-0 behind a great game from junior forward Maya Hayes while the Eagles defeated Hofstra 2-0 last Friday.
If the Nittany Lions come away victorious, it will be a much quicker turnaround. Michigan and Portland play at 5 p.m. today, and they would host the winner of that matchup on Sunday at 7 p.m.
These two squads have a bit of tournament history with the Nittany Lions winning a 1-0 game in November 2006 to advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
More than half a decade later, the Nittany Lions will attempt to eliminate the Eagles again in what would be a memorable win after yesterday’s fireworks.