An impressive crowd of 4,207 fans packed the stands of Jeffrey Field as Penn State played a hard fought scoreless match against Duke. Although Penn State notched 21 shots with 11 on goal, the Lions failed to grab a goal and the win against the no. 21 Blue Devils.
"There were times when we were all over them and there were times when they were all over us. I think we did a great job of solving problems and then looking out on the field and the players solving problems, that was big for us since were such a young team,” head coach Erica Walsh commented.
Throughout the match, Penn State placed pressure on Duke’s backline and their goalkeeper was forced to make five saves in the first half of the match. Senior forward Mallory Weber had the team’s best look in the 18th minute as she got around Duke’s backline and got a shot off that hit the post and rebounded out to teammate Charlotte Williams but her shot went wide for a Duke goal kick.
Later in the second half, Penn State continued to pressure Duke and Emily Ogle fired a shot on goal but Duke’s goal keeper got a piece of it and the game headed into overtime. Although the Lions were awarded a few good looks on goal in the overtime periods, the match ended scoreless as Duke’s keeper EJ Procter finished the night with ten saves.
Penn State was back in action Sunday to face Arkansas in what was a goal-filled match. Arkansas tallied two goals in the competition, one in the 72nd minute and another in the 89th but their efforts were not enough as Penn State’s offensive prowess shined. The Lions opened the scoring in the 27th minute with a goal from Captain Mallory Weber. Weber had a great all-around offensive game providing the assist in the second goal of the game from sophomore Frannie Crouse. Sophomore forward Megan Schafer tallied two goals on the night, securing the victory for the Nittany Lions.
Penn State is headed on the road for the next three games starting with a trip to Morgantown, West Virginia to take on West Virginia University Friday, September 4th at 7pm.