Weekend Sports Recap: Women’s Volleyball Dominates As Women’s Soccer Falters
This weekend was another successful one for Penn State athletics, as decisive victories came from a dominating women’s volleyball team in Tampa, and the football team took its first Big Ten Victory of the season.
The men’s soccer team posted a draw to Ohio State but overall played a great and intense match against the Buckeyes. No. 4 Women’s soccer wasn’t quite as successful this weekend as the team took a hard 1-0 loss Sunday to the Minnesota Gophers. Field hockey escaped the weekend with a 1-1 record on its road trip to Michigan, where it faced both the Kent State Golden Flashes and Michigan Wolverines.
Penn State women’s volleyball recorded win No. 11 on the season against the South Florida in Tampa, and extended its remarkable winning streak to 31 games. The Lady Lions have yet to concede a single set this season, capturing its last 38 sets. Russ Rose’s squad is on a roll, and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon with its lethal combination of intelligence, cohesiveness, and leadership.
The Nittany Lions took to the gridiron in Beaver Stadium in the inaugural Stripe Out against Big Ten “rival” Rutgers, and came away with a much needed victory that extended far beyond the wins and loss column. The team showed major improvements up front on the offensive line. The offense seemed to gel, playing with that same vigor and attitude Penn State fans have come to expect from the unit. The running game further electrified fans with another impressive showing from freshman phenom Saquon Barkley. This victory boosted the morale of the team and fans alike, and should continue the wave of momentum into next weekend’s matchup against San Diego State.
Men’s soccer took on the Ohio State Buckeyes in Columbus The team played a physical and conservative brand of ball against the Buckeyes, and were ultimately able to keep the opposing team from outscoring them. Penn State’s record still remains above average, standing at 3-1-2. Penn State gets set to face in-state foe UPenn in Philadelphia this Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
The No. 4 Women’s soccer team carried a three game winning streak into Jeffrey Field against Minnesota, but struggled to capitalize on scoring chances. The Lions did manage to hold the Golden Gophers to a single goal, but ultimately couldn’t match it. The team takes on Nebraska next on Sept. 25.
The No. 18 Field Hockey team headed out on a road trip to Michigan where it took on two games against the University of Michigan and Kent State University. The Nittany Lions took their fourth loss of the season Friday night against the Michigan Wolverines in their Big Ten opener by a margin of two goals. The following night the Nittany Lions bounced back with a 2-1 victory against the Kent State golden flashes where the team played with a greater sense of awareness. The team is set to face Michigan State on Sept. 25.
Despite some difficulties, Penn State managed a successful weekend on the athletic front, and the respective teams will look to carry some of that momentum gained over the past few days into the coming week.
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