Women’s Soccer defeat UAlbany in the First Round of NCAA Tournament

Women’s Soccer defeat UAlbany in the First Round of NCAA Tournament

Penn State women’s soccer earned their 10th shutout of the season and defeated the University of Albany 5 - 0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday at Jeffrey Field.

The Nittany Lions opened the scoring early in the game, grabbing their first goal in only five minutes of play. Sophomore Megan Schafer’s goal set the record for the fastest Penn State goal of the 2015 season. Eleven minutes later, Penn State grabbed another, this time by Brittany Basinger. Basinger’s ball hit the post and went into the goal, giving the lions a 2-0 lead in just 15 minutes. Emily Ogle added another goal in the half, leaving Penn State up 3 - 0 at halftime.

The second half was just as offensively successful as the first. Ogle scored her second goal of the game 10 minutes into the half, and Charlotte Williams finished the game with the fifth goal of the night for the Nittany Lions. Penn State’s offensive game was complemented by their defensive line, including goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom, who recorded only two saves during the match.

Following the match, head coach Erica Walsh praised UAlbany for their appearance in the tournament: “I want to start out by complimenting Albany and congratulating them on an amazing season…..I think they came out here with an incredible belief. They stuck to their game plan and their players were disciplined. You could tell that they were well coached. They fought and I thought they had some of the better play in the second half. I give them a ton of credit for what they did out there tonight.”

With the win, the Nittany Lions will host the second round of the NCAA Tournament at home against Boston University on Friday, Nov. 20th at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at the ticket booth on game day or in advance at the Bryce Jordan Center.