Penn State Weekend Sports Recap
Penn State fall sports teams went unbeaten for a second straight weekend. Here’s your weekend roundup of Penn State athletics:
Field Hockey: Friday afternoon, the field hockey team began their Big Ten schedule against Indiana. Indiana was ranked 24th in the country, but that was not a problem for the 6th ranked Nittany Lions, who won 7-1. It was also head coach Charlene Morrett’s 400th win with the program.
Ashtin Klingler scored the first goal in the opening minute of the game and Kelsey Amy added two goals later in the match. Indiana scored its lone goal with six minutes remaining. Penn State outshot Indiana 24-9, and had a 9-4 advantage over Indiana on penalty corners.
On Sunday afternoon, Penn State faced 17th ranked, Big Ten opponent Michigan. All of Penn State’s goals came in the first half as Klinger topped her Friday appearance with two additional goals and Amy added one. Jenna Chrismer scored the Nittany Lions’ 4th goal of the match which led to Penn State’s 4-3 win. Alya Halus had 9 saves off of Michigan’s 12 shots on goals and 14 shots total. Penn State had 19 shots on goal with a total of 30 shots.
Men’s Soccer: After going 9-9-4 and 0-6 in the Big Ten last year, the Nittany Lions won 1-0 at Wisconsin on Friday in their 2012 Big Ten opener. Freshman forward Kelton Cheney scored Penn State’s only goal. Penn State had 23 shots on goal to Wisconsin’s 7, and 7 shots on goal compared to Wisconsin’s 1. Penn State plays Lehigh in Bethlehem on Tuesday, and then return to play Indiana on Saturday.
Women’s Soccer: Eleventh ranked Penn State headed to Evanston, Illinois on Friday to play Northwestern. Christine Nairn scored 2 goals in the first half to give Penn State a 2-0 lead. In the second half, Maya Hayes scored 2 goals, which helped in Penn State’s 4-1 win.
Penn State then headed south to play Illinois on Sunday and came away with a 4-0 victory. Hayes added to her performance at Northwestern with another goal, followed by goals from Tani Costa, Mallory Webber, and Kori Chapic. Costa scored within the first minute of play, and is now tied with Tiffany Weimer for the quickest goal in school history at 56 seconds. Penn State outshot Illinois 25-19, with senior Erin McNutly making four saves.
Penn State travels to Ohio State Thursday night, which will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. The team returns to Jeffrey Field on Sunday against Minnesota at noon.
Women’s Volleyball: Following the football game Saturday night, 4th ranked Penn State lit up Rec Hall with a 3-1 set win over Iowa to improve its Big Ten record to 2-0. Iowa kept the match close with Penn State winning the first two sets 25-21 and 25-20. The Hawkeyes won the 3rd set, which went back and forth, 29-27. Penn State dominated the 4th set though, winning 25-14. Deja McClendon had 18 digs and 18 kills in the game, which puts her 2 kills away from having 1,000 kills in her Penn State career. Micha Hancock had 53 assists. Penn State plays at Minnesota and Wisconsin next weekend and returns to Rec Hall October 12th against Purdue.
This makes two straight weekends without a loss by a fall sports team, including a 20-0 record since September 9. “One Team” is starting to sound really good.