Weekend Sports Recap: Women’s Teams Dominate
Although Penn State football had a bye week, there was plenty of weekend sports action to go around. Highlighted by the women’s hockey team’s first win of the season and two wins by the women’s soccer team, the Nittany Lions represented the University spectacularly on this chilly fall weekend.
Take a look at how Penn State sports fared this weekend:
Forward Connor Maloney stayed hot for the No. 4 Nittany Lions (10-0-1, 4-0-0), scoring the game winner in the 79th minute to take down Rutgers 1-0 in front of 2,532 fans at Jeffrey Field on Saturday. Maloney’s eighth goal of the year came off Brian James’ sixth assist; both lead the Big Ten in those respective categories. The Lions are set to face Maryland on the road on Oct. 12 after a week-long break.
Just like the men’s team, the Penn State women’s soccer team just keeps on rolling. The Nittany Lions knocked off Minnesota 1-0 on Friday and No. 13 Wisconsin 2-0 on Sunday. An own goal provided the winning score against Minnesota, and goals from Emily Ogle and Salina Williford helped the Nittany Lions (12-1, 7-0) shut down Wisconsin.
Two consecutive shutouts is a testament to how tenacious the play of Penn State’s defensive unit has been of late. Opposing attackers have had trouble getting shots on goal, and goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom has been a brick wall, stopping shots that do make it on target. Sunday’s shutout was her fifth of the season, as her record improves to 12-1 as starter. Penn State faces Rutgers on Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised on BTN.
Women’s Ice Hockey
The Nittany Lions (1-1, 0-0) rebounded from an 8-0 loss against No. 1 Minnesota on Friday with a 3-2 win on the road at St. Cloud State. Shannon Yoxheimer netted two goals in the victory, while Amy Petersen also chipped in a goal in the first. Goaltender Hannah Ehresmann made 29 saves in her first collegiate game. Next up for the Nittany Lions is Quinnipiac on Oct. 11 at Pegula Ice Arena at 7 p.m.
Penn State went 1-1 on the weekend, losing a match in front of a record crowd at No. 8 Nebraska but rebounding strongly against Iowa on Saturday by blowing out the Hawkeyes. Megan Courtney and Ali Frantti both recorded double digit kills against the Hawkeyes, while Dominique Gonzalez continued her streak of hot play with eight digs in the match. The Nittany Lions will look to continue their winning ways on Oct. 8 against Northwestern.
During a rainy Notre Dame Invitational, Elizabeth Chikotas led the Penn State women to a fifth place finish, while Glen Burkhardt led the men to an 11th place finish. Chikotas’ time of 16:37.4 seconds was the top time for the women, while Burkhardt’s 23:55.7 seconds topped the men.
On a blistery weekend, the Nittany Lions finished in sixth at the Nittany Lion Invitational. The team was paced by Elyse Archambault, who fired a one-under 71. Archambault started off strong, with two opening birdies and seven pars in her first nine holes. The Nittany Lions scored a team total of 291, which is the seventh lowest score in program history, and the lowest since the team fired a 287 two years ago at the Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate in 2012. The Mercedes-Benz Intercollegiate, held in Knoxville on Oct. 17-19, will be the team’s next tournament.
Penn State went 2-0 on the weekend, defeating Drexel 5-0 on Friday and taking down Temple 2-0 on Sunday. Taylor Herold and Laura Gebhart both scored to put away the Owls. Penn State faces Maryland next on Oct. 10 at 3:30 p.m.
Victoria Kisialeva took home the Singles Flight A title after leading Virginia Tech’s Cerezo-Codina, who withdrew in the third set due to injury. Overall, the Nittany Lions displayed an impressive showing at the Hokie Invitational.