Penn State Women’s Soccer Ties Duke In Scoreless Game
Few would have expected such a low-scoring game between Penn State and Duke, two national powerhouses. The lively crowd was 4,207 strong on Friday, August 28, the second-largest crowd to ever enjoy a women’s soccer game at Jeffrey field. Alas, despite the anticipation and the full stands, the Lions’ third game of the year was scoreless in regulation and through two rounds of overtime.
How It Happened
The scoreless first half was a battle from the start. Both teams showcased impressive footwork and ball control, but Penn State dominated in speed and shots, outshooting Duke 10-3. Mallory Weber initiated Penn State’s best chance with 18 minutes left in the half. Her shot hit the post and Charlotte Williams got the rebound, but her shot proved too wide. Throughout the half, Duke’s goalie EJ Proctor had four great saves to keep the Blue Devils in the game. Penn State goalie Britt Eckerstrom managed three saves, and Penn State players Charlotte Williams, Mallory Weber, and Nickolette Driesse each had three shots.
The second half started slow as both teams fought to strike first. Duke came out hungry, dominating in shots and pressuring Penn State exceptionally well. Penn State had a set piece 28 yards out, and Emily Ogle’s exciting shot was thwarted when Duke’s goalie tapped it into the crossbar. That momentum shook Penn State’s offense, and they were leading Duke 12-10 in shots with 20 minutes left to play in this shockingly scoreless game. By the end of regulation, Penn State led Duke 15-12 in shots but neither team managed to make it on the board.
The Nittany Lions exerted the most pressure seen the entire game in the first overtime. Penn State outshot Duke 2-1, but neither team converted the game-winning goal.
Player Of The Game
Duke goalie EJ Proctor had plentiful and crucial saves, and her save against Emily Ogle’s shot saved the game for Duke.
Tweet Of The Game
Penn State will take on Arkansas on Sunday, August 30 at 6:00 p.m. at Jeffrey Field.
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Pat Freiermuth provided all of the offense that the Nittany Lions needed to take down Rutgers in Piscataway.
Parsons made seven tackles and recorded a strip sack in the Nittany Lions’ victory over Rutgers on Saturday.
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