No. 11 Penn State Women’s Soccer Prevails Over Rutgers In PKs
No. 11 Penn State women’s soccer advanced to the Big Ten semifinals thanks to a thrilling victory over No. 25 Rutgers in penalty kicks Sunday.
Neither the Nittany Lions nor the Scarlet Knights scored a goal in regulation or overtime, but four players converted against star goalkeeper Casey Murphy.
How It Happened
Penn State dominated Rutgers in shots (21-8) and corner kicks (14-3) in Piscataway, yet 110 minutes of action wasn’t enough to determine a winner. In their sixth overtime match of the season, the Nittany Lions mustered up a courageous performance against Murphy, a regular on the U.S. women’s youth national teams.
After missing the past four matches with an injury, senior forward Frannie Crouse was activated for penalty kicks. Emily Ogle and Brittany Basinger delivered right off the bat to give Penn State an early advantage. Crouse and Charlotte Williams missed their attempts, but Marissa Sheva and Maddie Elliston came through to down the Scarlet Knights.
Player Of The Match
Rose Chandler | Redshirt junior | Goalkeeper
Chandler made three saves during the game and three more in penalty kicks.
The Nittany Lions (10-4-4) face No. 13 Ohio State Friday at 1 p.m. at Grand Park in Westfield, Ind., with the winner advancing to the Big Ten tournament championship.