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Weekend Sports Roundup: Field Hockey, Men’s Soccer Pick Up Big Wins

Other than the football team’s tough loss on Saturday, it was a solid weekend for Penn State sports. Men’s soccer had a huge win against the defending national champions, field hockey continued its recent hot play, and women’s volleyball grinded out a tough win.

Men’s Soccer: 

Men’s soccer had a big victory on Sunday afternoon in Indiana with its first win in Bloomington since 2005 and the program’s first shutout at Bill Armstrong Stadium.

Penn State scored early in the 14th minute, when Grant Warming passed to the right wing and Connor Maloney set up Jordan Tyler with a cross at the edge of the six yard box, which Tyler buried home. The goal was Tyler’s second of the season.

Warming was again at the center of Penn State’s offense 10 minutes later, when he passed to Owen Griffith, who one touched the ball and converted a strike from 18 yards out, giving Penn State a 2-0 lead. The two assist game was the first for Warming in his collegiate career.

The second half belonged to the Hoosiers as they tried to cut the lead. They had a penalty kick in the 56th minute, which was stopped by Penn State keeper Andrew Wolverton. Despite Indiana’s best efforts, they could not break through and Penn State went home with the win. The shutout was Wolverton’s fifth of the season and 20th of his career.

Field Hockey:

On Saturday afternoon, No. 8 Penn State recorded its fifth shutout of the season with a 2-0 victory over No. 10 Northwestern. The win extended the Nittany Lions’ winning streak to seven matches and keeps its Big Ten record a perfect 2-0.

The first goal came in the 17th minute, when Brittany Grzywacz converted a penalty stroke to give the Lions a 1-0 lead. Penn State scored again ten minutes later, when Amanda Dinunzio scored the first goal of her career.

Penn State’s defense held strong the whole game, as Northwestern failed to score on any of its six penalty corners or eight shots. Penn State goalie Kylie Licata earned her fifth shutout of the season, as she made five saves in the match with four coming in the last 35 minutes.

Penn State and Michigan State are tied atop the Big Ten rankings, as both teams hold 2-0 records.

 Women’s Volleyball:

The No. 5 Penn State women’s volleyball team battled for a 3-2 victory on the road at No. 24 Purdue, giving the Nittany Lions its third straight conference win.

The Boilermakers came out of the gate hot, winning the first set of the match, 25-16. Penn State responded by winning the second and third set, 25-21 and 25-16, respectively, before Purdue squeaked out a 25-22 win in the fourth set.

In the fifth set, Penn State captured an early 4-1 lead. After a quick response from Purdue, the Nittany Lions fought on with help from a kill from Katie Slay and a block by Nia Grant and Ariel Scott to push the score to 6-2, forcing Purdue to call timeout. However, Penn State had the momentum, and the match ended with a kill from Deja McClendon to give the Lions a 15-8 win in the final set.

Micha Hancock earned her first double-double of the season, distributing 45 kills and 13 digs along with two aces. McClendon also notched a double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs, as well as two blocks.

Women’s Soccer:

The No. 7 women’s soccer team collected its first Big Ten road win on Friday night, beating No. 18 Wisconsin 2-1 in Madison. The Nittany Lions used goals from seniors Tani Costa and Maya Hayes to earn its ninth straight victory.

The Nittany Lions were back at it again Sunday afternoon. The team registered its first Big Ten loss of the season, falling to Minnesota, 1-0. While the Lions outshot the Gophers 20-6 they could not get past Minnesota keeper Tara Hobbs, who collected seven saves.

Penn State returns to Jeffrey Field next Sunday to host Michigan during Homecoming weekend.

Women’s Hockey:

The Nittany Lions went 1-0-1 in its season-opening series against Vermont last weekend.

Penn State drew the Catamounts on Friday, 3-3 in overtime. All three goals were scored by different Nittany Lions, with Kelly Seward scoring a powerplay goal in the second period, and Taylor Gross and Shannon Yoxheimer each finding the back of the net in the third period. Netminder Nicole Paniccia stopped 35 of Vermont’s 38.

The team was back at it on Saturday, this time picking up a 4-2 win. Sophomore goaltender Celine Whitlinger had 37 saves and earned her second collegiate victory.

The Nittany Lions were down 1-0 before Seward ripped her second goal of the weekend 11:49 into the first. The Nittany Lions took the lead 12 seconds later on Laura Bowman’s first collegiate goal. Hannah Hoenshell received a pass from Lindsay Reihl and set up Bowman, which gave the Lions a 2-1 lead.

Vermont tied the match early in the second period, but it only took the Nittany Lions six seconds to respond with a goal from Hoenshell to put the team up 3-2. Bowman scored her second goal of the contest with 2:38 left in the game, solidifying Penn State’s win.

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