Women’s Soccer Continues Dominance With 7-0 Win Over Bucknell
It’s football season, and that’s great and all, but sometimes we forget that there’s another kind of football being played at Penn State.
Of course, the football I’m referring to is futbol, or soccer. And the Penn State women’s soccer team just so happens to be destroying every opponent it encounters.
You think the football defensive line is good? Check out the soccer team’s back four, which has only allowed seven goals in nine games this season. Even Christian Hackenberg’s offensive play is rivaled by Raquel Rodriguez, who has scored in four of the last five games, and Frannie Crouse, the newly crowned Big Ten Freshman of the Week.
On Tuesday night, the two units came together beautifully, as the No. 8 Nittany Lions continued their dominance with a 7-0 victory over Bucknell.
The game itself was a basically a constant dismantling of the Bison defense. The first goal came in the 14th minute, when Mallory Weber outran two defenders en route to the game’s first goal. About 15 minutes later, Crouse netted her fifth goal of the season. After that, that the game was evenly played until Megan Schafer scored her third goal of the season with only 24 seconds left before the half. By halftime the team held a 3-0 advantage, and while other teams could have let up and put their guard down, the Nittany Lions stood firm.
The team came out of halftime ready to play, as it only took Emily Ogle just over a minute to make the game 4-0. The Bison stepped its game up and tried to keep Penn State from scoring yet again, but with 14 minutes left in regulation Anna Witte scored the first goal of her career after making it through a tough defense. When Mallory Peterson then scored Penn State’s sixth goal, it marked the most goals the team had scored in a single game all season. With a minute left in the game, Crouse scored once again, showing just how she’s earned all of her recent accolades.
Unfortunately for Bucknell (5-5), the Bison were the latest to run into the buzzsaw known as the Penn State women’s soccer team (8-1).
The No. 8 Nittany Lions’ next game will be played this Friday at 7 p.m. against Northwestern. So get in the Homecoming spirit early and watch as Northwestern hopefully gets beat in two kinds of football.