Weekend Sports Recap: Penn State Dominates
The football team wasn’t the only team to start its Big Ten season this weekend. Highlighted by an upset of No. 11 Indiana for the men’s soccer team and four wins by the women’s volleyball team, Penn State teams across the board #dominated the competition.
Here’s a recap of this weekend’s action:
Cross Country: On Saturday, both the men’s and women’s cross country teams claimed team titles at the 2014 Harry Grove Spiked Shoe Invitational. The Lady Lions were led by Leigha Anderson (4th) and Jillian Hunsberger (5th) with the rest of the top eight finishing in the race’s top 20. The men’s team was led by first place finisher Matt Fischer, and four other Nittany Lions also placed in the top 10 to help secure the victory. This is the third straight year the women’s team has won the invitational, and the second year in a row for the men.
Football: The Nittany Lions football team came away with a 13-10 victory over Rutgers on Saturday. On the offensive side, the game was anything but pretty, but a final drive led by quarterback Christian Hackenberg gave the team its winning points in the waning minutes. The Penn State defense was able to hold Rutgers to zero points in the second half to ensure the Nittany Lions’ victory.
Field Hockey: The field hockey team dominated Lafayette with a 5-1 victory on Sunday. Four different Nittany Lions scored, led by Jenna Chrismer’s two goals. This victory improves the team’s record to 5-1 on the season. This Friday, the team will open its Big Ten season against Michigan at 4 p.m.
Golf: The men’s golf team did not compete this weekend, but the women’s team is currently competing in the Cougar Classic at Yeamans Hall Club in Hanahan, S.C. After the first round, the team is led by Ellen Cresko, who shot an even-par 72. Currently, the team is at +19, which leaves it in a tie for 20th place.
Men’s Soccer: The No. 16 Nittany Lions earned a hard-fought, 1-0 victory at No. 11 Indiana in the team’s Big Ten opener. Sophomore Mason Klerks scored the game’s only goal in the 27th minute after a corner kick from Brian James, and the defense was able to keep the Hoosiers scoreless the rest of the game, with only two shots on net.
Women’s Soccer: The No. 8 women’s soccer team was also victorious against Indiana and came away with a 3-0 win on Sunday. Emily Hurd, Raquel Rodriguez, and Mallory Peterson each provided goals for the team. Goalie Britt Eckerstrom was able to stop the lone shot the Lady Hoosiers had on goal. Friday night, the team won its Big Ten opener 1-0 at Purdue. Rodriguez provided the winning score in the 58th minute.
Volleyball: The No. 3 Nittany Lions volleyball team defeated four different opponents to earn the Villanova Classic crown over the weekend. The team defeated American in four sets (26-24, 25-8, 25-14, 25-16), and beat host Villanova (25-19, 25-12, 25-15), Yale (25-14, 25-15, 25-15), and No. 24 Kansas (25-10, 27-25, 25-23). MVP honors were given to Micha Hancock (151 assists, 21 aces in four games), who was then joined by Nia Grant (41 kills) and Aiyana Whitney (36 kills) on the All-Tournament team.