Women’s Soccer Clinches 18th Big Ten Title

Women’s Soccer Clinches 18th Big Ten Title

Penn State women’s soccer faced off against the Ohio State University Wednesday night and earned a 2-0 victory in their final game of the season. With the win, the women now have a share of this year’s Big Ten title and now hold 18 Big Ten titles in 19 years.

With the win, the Nittany Lions finish the regular season ranked No. 21 with a 11-3-4 overall record and a 7-1-3 record in the Big Ten.

The first half of the game was a scoreless on both sides and Penn State had a 6-5 lead in shot attempts. In the second half, the Lions came out strong and freshman Laura Freigang opened the scoring for Penn State to record her second ever career goal after a receiving an assist from Haleigh Echard. Freigang headed the ball over the Ohio State keeper straight into the bottom of the net.

Penn State continued to lead for the rest of the game and in the 73rd minute, sophomore Charlotte Williams score one for the Lions to extend the lead 2-0. Williams scored her fourth goal of the year with an assist from Megan Schafer and shot it straight past the Buckeye keeper.

"That was the first time in 10 years that I shed tears after a Big Ten championship, and that's just out of pure pride for what they did all season long," head coach Erica Dambach said in a post-game press conference. "We had our ups and downs, but they came out here tonight with a set of belief. It took the entire Penn State family, Penn State women's soccer family, tonight, obviously to pitch a shutout against a really dangerous Ohio State team and we scored some great goals. I'm just incredibly proud of this group."

Penn State enters the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 2 seed and will play the No. 7 seed Rutgers on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1 PM at Jeffrey field.