Women’s Soccer Loses Heartbreaker To Wake Forest To End Season
Penn State’s women’s soccer team’s season came to an end on Friday night, as the Nittany Lions lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Wake Forest, 1-0.
This was the 19th consecutive season that the team made it to the national tournament, but the outcome is a bit of a disappointment as the Nittany Lions were ranked fourth in the nation before the season. This was the first time since the 1997 season that the women’s soccer team did not win the Big Ten regular season or postseason championship.
The Nittany Lions outshot Wake Forest 8-6 in the first half of Friday’s game, but could not string anything along in the second half with only two attempts on goal. Penn State’s first shot on net of the night came in the third minute of play when sophomore Raquel Rodriguez fired a shot from outside the 18-yard box, but Wake Forest goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe was there to make the stop.
Wake Forest had two attempts on goal four minutes later but Penn State goalie Britt Eckerstrom managed to collect her first two saves of the night. The Nittany Lions looked to try to score again in the 26th minute when senior Tani Costa attempted a shot from the middle of the penalty area but could not find the back of the net.
Wake Forest came close to scoring in the 70th minute after the Deacons forced Eckerstrom out of the net, but the ball went wide. Unfortunately for Penn Statte, in the 81st minute, Wake Forest freshman Sarah Teegarden scored her first career goal, which ended up being the deciding factor of the game. Teegarden fired a shot from 30 yards out, finding the bottom-right corner of the net.
The Nittany Lions are now 11-5 in NCAA second round matches and 37-18-2 in the tournament all time. Penn State has now dropped three straight matches to the Wake Forest women’s soccer team. The Nittany Lions’ season ended with a 15-7-1 record.