PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

More

Marissa Sheva Leads Penn State Women’s Soccer Past Michigan 1-0

No. 16 Penn State women’s soccer beat Michigan 1-0 in Sunday afternoon’s Big Ten quarterfinals at Jeffrey Field.

Senior midfielder Marissa Sheva scored the game-winning goal in the 89th minute to send the Nittany Lions to the conference semifinals.

How It Happened

Junior goalkeeper Amanda Dennis made a pair of outstanding saves to keep things scoreless in the 16th minute. Neither team found the back of the net in the first half, but freshman midfielder Kim Dubs had an excellent opportunity in the 51st minute. 

Michigan goalie Hillary Beall stopped Dubs’ shot before the Wolverines nearly struck first on the other end of the field. Sarah Stratigakis hit the crossbar and the ball deflected away from trouble. Dennis tied her career high with seven saves in the victory — Penn State’s 10th shutout of the season.

With the clock winding down, defender Ellie Jean dialed up a beautiful cross into the box that found Sheva, who chipped a shot just inside the top left of the net.

Emily Ogle dribbles past a pair of Wolverines.

“I saw Ellie sprinting down the sideline and I knew she was going to beat the defender,” Sheva said. “I was just thinking, ‘Get first contact on the ball.’ She played the perfect cross and all I had to do was get a touch on it. Huge props to Ellie for that.”

Head coach Erica Dambach discussed Sheva’s team save in the last few seconds of the match, saying she showed absolute determination on the play.

“It was just pure commitment,” Dambach said. “It was her desire to get across to the near post and put her entire body in harm’s way. She wasn’t going to let that ball go through her.”

Player of the Match

Marissa Sheva | Midfielder

Sheva’s second goal of the season couldn’t have come at a better time. She also scored the winner against Rutgers on October 14.

“That’s all you can ask from a player when you’re getting close to the 90-minute mark is to make big plays,” Dennis said. “It just shows what a veteran she is.”

What’s Next?

The top-seeded Nittany Lions (14-5) will face No. 5 seed Illinois Friday at 11 a.m. at Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, with a spot in the conference championship on the line. The match will air live on Big Ten Network.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]

Comments

Get notified about breaking news
Loading notification service...
Other posts by Ethan

Thanks For The Memories: Ethan Kasales’ Senior Column

Onward State staffer Ethan Kasales reflects on the past few years and everyone who helped make his college experience so rewarding.

Four-Star Defensive Tackle D’Von Ellies Commits To Penn State

Three-Star Defensive End Smith Vilbert Commits To Penn State

Overheard On Zoom: Spring 2021 Sylly Week Edition

“Ignore the screaming, that’s just my offspring.”

Overheard On Zoom: Spring 2021 Sylly Week Edition

“Ignore the screaming, that’s just my offspring.”

Celebrating A Day Of Sylly Week…At Home

In an attempt to recreate Penn State’s Sylly Week, one of our staffers set out to recreate a first week of classes…from home.

A Degree In The Making: Penn State Alum Earns Diploma 56 Years Later

It’s never too late to finish what you’ve started. These days, nobody knows that better than newly minted Penn State alum Eric Linde.

Send this to a friend