Weekend Sports Recap: Football Wins, Volleyball Records Strong Outing
It was another successful weekend for the Nittany Lions on the field, as football, women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, field hockey, and softball all posted wins. The school’s teams have been strong all year, seeing both the volleyball and women’s soccer team rank in the top-25. Penn State does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon after a 6-2 weekend sweep. Here’s how all the action unfolded.
The weekend began with a dominating field hockey win against Michigan State at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex. The final score was 6-1, and the Nittany Lions scored early and often. The team finished with a season high in goals and shots on goal, recording six and eighteen respectively. Going into halftime with a 2-1 lead, the Nittany Lions sprung to life in the second half, capping the day with a 6-1 victory. The Lions suffered a loss in double overtime to Ohio State on Sunday in University Park, unable to complete the weekend sweep. Ohio State scored in the second sudden-death overtime period, clinching victory for the Buckeyes. Penn State falls to 4-5 (1-2 Big Ten) on the year.
Saturday proved to be a very exciting day for Penn State, beginning with a defeat of San Diego State at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions suffered a few serious injuries to some key players, but were still able to overcome a lingering Aztec offense in a 37-21 victory. Christian Hackenberg was the star for the Nittany Lions, finishing with 296 yards and three touchdowns on the day — his best outing of the season thus far.
Immediately following Penn State’s victory against San Diego State, the No. 1 ranked women’s volleyball team took on No. 21 Minnesota in a Big Ten conference showdown in Rec Hall. Penn State dropped its first two sets of the season, but still prevailed 3-2 to overcome the Golden Gophers. The Nittany Lions went up 2-0, and looked as if the match completely under control. The Golden Gophers responded with two straight set wins to force a tie-breaking fifth set. The Nittany Lions won the final set 15-12, improving to 13-0 (2-0 Big Ten).
Men’s and women’s soccer played on Sunday, with the men losing to Michigan and the women defeating Iowa. The men lost at home to Michigan by a score of 2-0, highlighted by a late Michigan goal in the first half. Penn State comeback attempts were halted, as the team wasn’t able to capitalize off of quality scoring chances. A miscue late in the second half gave the Wolverines a two goal advantage, and ultimately the win. Penn State falls to 4-2-2 (1-1-1 Big Ten) on the season. The women dominated the Hawkeyes in a 5-1 win in Iowa City. Frannie Crouse scored twice, propelling the Nittany Lions to a dominant performance. They improved to 7-2-2 (2-1-1 Big Ten).
Sunday concluded with a double header sweep from the Penn State softball squad against St. Francis in fall league play. The Nittany Lions dominated game one, winning 15-1 in five innings. Game two resulted in a shutout for the Nittany Lions, who won 4-0.
Penn State hopes to continue its success with some upcoming games this week. Penn State football takes on Army West Point on Military Appreciation Day this Saturday at Beaver Stadium, and Women’s volleyball also takes on Iowa on Saturday in another double feature of football and volleyball for Penn State. Men’s and women’s hockey also open regular season play this week, with the women starting Oct. 1 against Minnesota, and the men starting Oct. 4 against Windsor. Both teams will be playing in friendly confines, opening up the regular season at home.