Weekend Sports Recap: Volleyball Cruises, Women’s Soccer Wins B1G Championship
Sports happened this weekend, and we’re here to tell you all about them.
A pair of one-goal games against Michigan in respective Big Ten tournaments kicked off the weekend on Friday evening. The field hockey team fell to the Wolverines in Bloomington, Ind. in the semifinals of the conference tournament, 2-1. But the women’s soccer team, playing at home, squeaked past Michigan 1-0. Frannie Crouse netted a 62nd minute goal, and head coach Erica Walsh earned her 150th career win in the process. Close games, and close losses, continued to be the theme of Friday as the women’s hockey team fell to Mercyhurst 1-0 at home while the men’s team played Niagara to a 1-1 tie on the road. Dylan Richard scored early in the third period to even the score, but neither team could find the back of the net in the overtime period. And to no one’s surprise, the women’s volleyball team continued its winning ways. Following a Thursday win at Maryland, the Nittany Lions traveled to Rutgers for its second conference road game in as many days. It proved to be no issue, as Russ Rose’s squad swept the Scarlet Knights.
Friday’s relative successes did not transfer to Saturday. The football team, faced with an early kick and an eerily quiet atmosphere in Evanston, fell to Northwestern, 23-21. James Franklin admitted to late game clock mismanagement following the loss, but late game coaching blunders aren’t excused just by owning up to them. The football team fell to 7-3, and will continue the nation’s second-toughest final fourth of the year with tilts against Michigan and a now-defeated Michigan State side. In other news, the men’s soccer team advanced to the Big Ten quarterfinals with a 1-0 victory over Michigan State, and women’s hockey again battled Mercyhurst, this time to a 1-1 tie. Brian James’ overtime golden goal secured the win for men’s soccer.
On Sunday, the women’s soccer team became the Big Ten champions with a 2-0 win over Rutgers. The Nittany Lions, consistently the best team in the Big Ten this year, emerged victorious thanks to a ninth minute goal from Raquel Rodríguez and a 26th minute rocket from Emily Ogle. The men’s fate wasn’t as pretty — it fell to Ohio State, ending its Big Ten tournament run.
It was an up and down weekend for Penn State sports. Winning teams — women’s soccer and volleyball — continued their impressive play, while less consistent teams struggled.