No. 6 Penn State Women’s Soccer To Host Iowa In Big Ten Semifinals

Following a big win over Indiana this weekend, Penn State women’s soccer is moving on in the Big Ten’s postseason bracket.

After defeating the Hoosiers 3-1, the Nittany Lions will play Iowa on Thursday, April 15, at Jeffrey Field at 5 p.m.

The other two semifinalists, Wisconsin and Rutgers, will face off in Happy Valley following the Penn State match. Both semifinals and the final, scheduled for noon Sunday at Jeffrey Field, will broadcast nationally on the Big Ten Network.

The Nittany Lions will go up against a Cinderella team in Iowa. The Hawkeyes finished No. 12 of 14 in the regular season, placing them in a four-team group for Regional Weekend. Dave Dilanni’s squad produced two upsets this past weekend against Illinois and Minnesota to advance to the tournament proper.

Penn State defeated Iowa in the teams’ lone meeting of 2021, a 1-0 result in Iowa City. It was a relatively ugly win, and nothing will be given to the Nittany Lions on Thursday, no matter how impressive their form has been of late. In 2019, Penn State defeated Iowa 2-0 in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament.

If the Nittany Lions get past the Hawkeyes, they’ll face the winner of Wisconsin and Rutgers on Sunday for the Big Ten title. On Monday, April 19, the squad will find out the path to national glory at the NCAA Women’s Soccer Selection Show.

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Otis Lyons

Otis is a sophomore majoring in print journalism and is one of Onward State's associate editors. He lives just north of San Francisco, and is a diehard San Jose Earthquakes fan. Feel free to send over your soccer hot takes to his twitter @otisnlyons1 and instagram @otislyons

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