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Penn State Field Hockey Wins Two In Weekend Series

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In the final full weekend of regular-season play, Penn State (12-4, 5-2 Big Ten) beat Ohio State (7-8, 1-5 Big Ten) and Michigan State (7-7, 0-7 Big Ten) on the road.

The offense was the highlight of the weekend, with Penn State outscoring opponents 5-0 and only allowing a single shot on goal on Sunday.

Game One: Penn State 4, Ohio State 0

In the early quarters of the game, the offense on both sides of the field was slow. Both Penn State and Ohio State were struggling to find the net.

At the end of the first, Penn State was awarded its first penalty corner, though, nothing came out of it. Less than two minutes later, Sophia Gladieux scored with some help from Anna Simon to make the score 1-0. This score remained through halftime.

The third quarter didn’t see much action from either team. However, the Nittany Lions really began to heat up in the fourth.

Gladieux, assisted by Jemma Punch, struck again at the 12:17 mark to make the score 2-0. This offensive drive continued when Penn State’s Bree Bednarski scored at the 6:24 mark, and Mackenzie Allessie scored for the Nittany Lions again with just five seconds left to play.

The Nittany Lions were very efficient with shots, going 4-for-9 while only allowing the Buckeyes to have one shot in the shutout win.

Penn State then closed out the game and left Columbus with a 4-0 victory.

Game Two: Penn State 1, Michigan State 0

Unlike the matchup on Friday, Sunday’s game was eventful from the start. Even though there was no score, there was a total of eight and five shots on goal, respectively, as well as five penalty corners in the first quarter. Kelsey Love also earned a green card.

The second quarter brought more intensity from both teams. Penn State battled with two penalty corners and one shot on goal, but the score remained 0-0 heading into halftime.

After halftime, the offense from Penn State only escalated when it outshot Michigan State 14-0 and had seven penalty corners. Michigan State’s goalie, Monique Jardell, kept the Spartans in the game by saving six shots.

The fourth quarter was the highlight of the action again during this game when Anna Simon scored her 11th goal at 11:53, which was assisted by Mackenzie Allessie, to make the score 1-0.

Brie Barraco closed out the game in the final five minutes with a save, and the last few minutes of the game went scoreless, giving the Nittany Lions the 1-0 win

Player of the Weekend:

Sophia Gladieux | Midfield

In another stellar outing on Friday by the sophomore, she scored two goals, as well as being a force on defense. Gladieux has scored 15 goals this season alone. Additionally, she was impactful on Sunday with more than half of Penn State’s shots.

What’s Next

The Nittany Lions will finish off their regular-season schedule at 6 p.m. on Friday, October 29 in a home matchup against Michigan.

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Mara McKeon

Mara is a sophomore staff writer majoring in English and public relations. She loves all things sports and anything that has peanut butter. You can usually find her obsessing over country music and wondering when Luke Combs will come back to the BJC. Feel free to reach her on Twitter @MckeonMara, and for more formal affairs, her email is [email protected]

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