Penn State Women’s Soccer Finish West Coast Road Trip with Two Victories

Penn State Women’s Soccer Finish West Coast Road Trip with Two Victories

After a west coast road trip, Penn State Women’s Soccer is heading back to Happy Valley with two road wins against ranked opponents and good momentum heading into Big Ten Conference play.

Penn State started the trip on Friday in Palo Alto as they took on No. 7 Stanford Friday night. The Lions wasted no time on offense and scored their first goal of the night just 10 minutes into the game. Forward Megan Schafer found Frannie Crouse in the box and Crouse took a shot from the left side of the goal to end Stanford’s shutout streak and put the Lions up early in the half.

While Penn State notched the lone goal of the first half, Stanford put Penn State’s defense to the test. Stanford tallied eight shots in the first half but Penn State goalie Britt Eckerstrom recorded three saves to protect the lead for the Lions.

In the second half, Stanford had a great chance to equalize in the 53rd minute after Stephanie Amack headed the ball near goal but it went wide for a goal kick. Minutes later, defender Britany Basinger, a red-shirt sophomore, scored her first career goal with an assist from Crouse to give the Lions a 2-0 win.

The Nittany Lions were at it again Sunday as they took on the Santa Clara Broncos at Stevens Stadium and earned their second win of the weekend.

Penn State looked dangerous early in the game as Ellie Jean got the first shot of the match in the fourth minute but went high over the goal. Two minutes later, Raquel Rodriguez took a shot from close range that forced Santa Clara goalie Andi Tostanoski to make her first save of the game. Throughout the first half, Penn State’s offense continued to pressure the Broncos and while the match was scoreless in the first half, Penn State had five shots on goal compared to Santa Clara’s one.

In the second half, Penn State’s Mallory Weber scored the game winning goal unassisted in the 63rd minute. Weber’s goal was her fourth of the season and 32nd overall, placing her in ninth place of all-time goals at Penn State.

After a successful 5-1-1 start to the season, Penn State Women’s Soccer is headed home to Jeffrey Field this week to take on Big Ten opponents Wisconsin and Minnesota. The Lions host the Badgers on Thursday, September 17th at 7 p.m. and take on the Golden Gophers Sunday at 1 p.m.