Penn State Soccer Teams Take Three of Four Weekend Games
Football wasn’t the only Penn State sport taking the field this weekend. The Penn State men and women’s soccer teams were both in action this weekend playing two games apiece. The two teams came out successful, winning three out of four games with the women’s team dropping one on Friday to fifth-ranked Virginia.
The men’s team started off their season with a win over Radnor at Jeffrey Field on Friday. Midway through the second half, freshman Mark Tadid received a pass from Eli Dennis and beat a defender to score his first collegiate goal, the only score of the game. Penn State goalie Andrew Wolverton had five saves in the game and the Nittany Lions won 1-0.
On Sunday, the men’s team faced Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) at Jeffrey Field. Eli Dennis, who had the only assist in the Friday game, scored the lone goal last night on a header in the 80th minute. Connor Maloney crossed the ball to the back post setting up the shot for Dennis. CCSU had just one shot on goal in the game.
The No. 9-ranked women’s soccer team had its first loss of the season on Friday against No. 5-ranked Virginia in Charlottesville. Penn State scored the first goal early on when Mallory Weber crossed the ball to Maya Hayes for an easy score in the sixth minute. Virginia went on to score three goals in the first half, all within eight minutes of each other.
In the second half, Virginia continued its strong play and scored again within the first two minutes of the half before adding with 13 minutes left to win 5-1. Penn State had just three shots on goal compared to Virginia’s 13.
On Sunday, the women’s team bounced back by beating La Salle 5-1. In the 33rd minute, Maya Hayes found the ball in pile-up in the box, scoring the team’s first goal of the match. Five minutes later, Raquel Rodriguez drove around a defender and snuck a goal in the corner of the box. Early in the second half, La Salle had its first and only goal of the game.
Ten minutes later, Penn State fired back with a goal by Tani Costa, who was wide open eight yards out from the goal on a pass from Hayes. Three minutes later, Penn State was awarded a corner kick, which led to Maya Hayes’ second goal of the game. Hayes received the ball off a header from Kori Chapic. With four minutes left in the game, Taylor Schram stole the ball from La Salle 18 yards out and immediately shot and scored for Penn State’s final goal of the game. Penn State had 13 shots on goal to La Salle’s three.
Both teams are back in action on Friday. The men’s team faces Rutgers in New Jersey while the women’s team faces Boston University here at home.