Weekend Sports Recap: Penn State Goes 8-2
Despite an inspired second half showing, Penn State’s football team fell to Ohio State 31-24 in double-overtime Saturday. Fortunately, Penn State only suffered one other setback this weekend, and won eight other athletic events.
Including the women’s soccer team’s Big Ten-clinching performance Sunday, here’s how the Nittany Lions fared:
Penn State’s women’s soccer team opened up its weekend at home against Nebraska Friday night, and left Jeffrey Field with a 3-1 victory. With goals coming courtesy of Mallory Weber, Frannie Crouse, and Haleigh Echard, and a solid defensive performance, the team improved its record to 15-2, and set up an opportunity to clinch the Big Ten on Sunday.
And clinch they did. On Senior Day, Kori Chapic scored two second-half goals in a comeback 2-1 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes. The No. 7 Nittany Lions outshot Iowa 17-5, and won its third Big Ten title in the past four years.
Led by goaltender Matt Skoff, the Nittany Lions swept Holy Cross this weekend. Friday night, a scoreless first period (capped off by a controversial disallowed goal, one of many debatable calls against Penn State this weekend) was the only setback before the team picked up its pace en route to a 3-1 win. Goals by Ricky DeRosa, Eric Scheid, and Casey Bailey improved the team’s record to 2-1-2.
Sunday afternoon, the Nittany Lions completed their sweep with a 7-1 victory. Freshman Scott Conway, who had an illustrious career in junior hockey, found the back of the net for the first time in a Penn State jersey, and finished the night with two goals and two assists. Matt Skoff allowed two goals on the weekend and made 57 saves for a .966 save percentage.
Russ Rose’s seventh-ranked squad took care of business in a pair of Big Ten sweeps this weekend. The Michigan Wolverines were the first targets, and despite their best efforts, could not manage to win a set as Penn State rolled 25-18, 25-16, 25-16 on Friday in Rec Hall.
Michigan State received similar treatment in another straight-set win Saturday evening. The first set came down to the wire, with the Spartans leading 24-22, but four straight points put the set away for the Nittany Lions, 26-24. The next two sets also went Penn State’s way (25-17, 25-21). Freshman Ali Frantti tallied 26 kills through the two matches, and junior Aiyana Whitney added 21 kills.
With the two sweeps, the Nittany Lions move to 20-3 on the year. The team will host Ohio State on Tuesday night before heading out to Columbus to take on the Buckeyes on Friday.
A 4-0 upset against Iowa was one of Penn State field hockey’s few setbacks this season. The No. 15 Hawkeyes posted a shutout at home Saturday against the No. 4 Nittany Lions, who are now 13-4 on the season with one game remaining against Northwestern at home on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
As we all know by now, Ohio State won 31-24 in an exciting game that needed two overtimes to settle. After four wins to start off the season, Penn State has dropped three straight. The team will face off against Maryland at Beaver Stadium at noon this Saturday.
In another double-overtime game, Wisconsin fell to Penn State 2-1 courtesy of Michael Gonzalez’s laser from long distance. Drew Klingenberg also scored for the Nittany Lions, and goalie Andrew Wolverton made three saves.
Left winger Amy Petersen potted both of Penn State’s goals in a 2-1 win over Princeton on Sunday night. Goaltender Celine Whitlinger also impressed, stopping 29 of 30 shots. With the win, the team moved to 3-2-2 on the year.