Women’s Soccer Defeats Maryland 3-0 To Stay Undefeated In Big Ten
No. 13 Penn State (9-2-3, 5-0-2 Big Ten) headed to College Park for a game with the Terrapins. Maryland (3-11-1, 1-6 Big Ten), hoping to stop a four-game losing skid, welcomed the Nittany Lions. Penn State dominated the game from start to finish in a 3-0 win.
How It Happened
Penn State challenged the Terrapins early, creating a number of opportunities. The Nittany Lions had chances from Salina Williford, Frannie Crouse, and Megan Schafer, but Maryland’s defense and goalkeeper Rachel Egyed kept Penn State off the board.
That was until the 13th minute when the Nittany Lions had a corner kick opportunity. Nickolette Driesse served in the corner that Brittany Basinger rose to and headed past Egyed to put Penn State up 1-0. The Nittany Lions had 14 shots in the first half, but couldn’t get another goal before the break.
In complete control of the game, Penn State went into the second half searching for another goal. The Nittany Lions found a second goal in the 60th minute. Driesse served in another corner kick, and once again, Basinger got on the end of it to give Penn State a 2-0 lead.
The Nittany Lions tacked on a third goal late. Elizabeth Ball got on the end of a loose ball after a scramble in the box. She buried the close-range effort in the 84th minute to put Penn State ahead 3-0. The Penn State defense held on to its seventh clean sheet in its last 11 games as the final whistle blew.
Player Of The Game
Brittany Basinger | Defender | Redshirt Junior
Basinger and Dambach said earlier in the week that the team needs to be better about finishing on set pieces. Basinger led by example Sunday, scoring a career-high two goals — both on corner kicks.
Penn State returns to Jeffrey Field on Thursday to take on No. 24 Rutgers. The game starts at 7 p.m. and can be seen live on BTN.