A Historic Weekend for Penn State Sports
This weekend was one for the history books. The football team earned its first win over a ranked team under Bill O’Brien and the women’s hockey team recorded both its first win and loss ever as a Division-1 team. Elsewhere in Penn State athletics, Men’s Soccer tied Michigan in Ann Arbor, while field hockey and Women’s Soccer picked up wins at home. Last but certainly not least, Women’s Volleyball stayed hot while achieving two road victories. Here’s our recap.
Field Hockey (@PennStateFH)
Sunday marked the Pink Zone game, as the 7th-ranked Penn State squad (11-3, 2-1 Big Ten) knocked off the California Golden Bears (4-7, 0-2 Pac-12) for a 6-2 win. Penn State outshot Cal 35-13 in a show of offensive dominance that the Golden Bears were simply unable to match.
On Saturday, the football team pulled off a decisive 39-28 win over the 24th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats, featuring several gutsy calls by first year head coach Bill O’Brien. The victory was also O’Brien’s first over a ranked opponent.
Women’s Hockey (@PennStateWHKY)
Women’s Ice Hockey played its first NCAA game against Vermont on Saturday, winning 5-3. Penn State’s first class of varsity hockey freshmen made quite the impact on this game. Trailing 2-1 early in the second period, Penn State scored three straight with two goals by freshman Micayla Catanzariti and one by freshman Shannon Yoxheimer. Vermont would cut the deficit to one 13 minutes into the third, but freshman Birdie Shaw scored on an empty net to seal the game as Women’s Hockey recorded a historic win on its first game as a varsity team.
However, the team couldn’t hold off Vermont for the sweep on Sunday as the Catamounts overwhelmed the Nittany Lions with 43 shots to Penn State’s 19. Freshman Birdie Shaw scored her second goal of the season nine minutes into the first period, but Vermont would score the next three to take the game 3-1 over the Nittany Lions, bringing their record to 1-1 on the the young season.
Men’s Soccer (@PennStateMSOC)
On Saturday night in Ann Arbor, Men’s Soccer fought Michigan (3-5-1, 1-1-1 Big Ten) to a 1-1 draw.. Despite out-shooting the Wolverines 26-10 — with seven different players recording shots on goal — the Nittany Lions were unable to capitalize on opportunities and ended the game with their second tie of the season.
By halftime, the Nittany Lions had already owned a 13-3 shot advantage (6-2 for shots on goal) and a 3-0 advantage in corners. However, they trailed for almost the entire game, due to a third-minute score by Michigan’s TJ Roehn, until the 83rd minute, when Penn State junior Akil Howard tied the game at 1-1, recording his first career goal in a rather clutch fashion.
In the 99th minute, Penn State just barely missed a chance to end the game on what looked like a sure goal by senior forward Marvin Ledgister, but the Wolverines made a great defensive stand to ensure that the match would play out for all 110 minutes.
Men’s Soccer is now 6-3-2 (1-1-1 Big Ten) on the season. They play Akron at home on Wednesday.
Women’s Soccer (@PennStateWSoc):
Yesterday, No. 4 Women’s Soccer (12-2-0, 6-0-0 Big Ten) crushed Indiana 5-2. The game was tied 2-2 until freshman Mallory Weber scored in the 72nd and 74th minutes. Senior Maddy Evans added another in the 78th for good measure, set up by Big Ten assist leader Raquel Rodriguez, a freshman.
The team’s next game will be this Friday at Nebraska.
Women’s Volleyball (@PennStateVolleyball)
No. 1 women’s volleyball brought its dominant run to the state of Illinois this weekend, with a Friday night sweep of Northwestern and a 3-2 victory over Illinois on Saturday, the team’s first win against the Illini since 2010.