Women's Soccer Defeats Ohio State 4-0 in NCAA Tournament
Following a dominant 6 - 0 victory against Boston College and shutouts in their last four games, Penn State entered the game against Ohio State with plenty of momentum. Ohio State came into the game with a 13-7-3 record and played the Nittany Lions extremely close in the first half, limiting their chances. Right before the half, Megan Schafer opened the scoring for the Nittany Lions, scoring her ninth goal in 14 matches. With the goal, Penn State went into halftime up 1 -0 and outshot the Buckeyes 11 to 2.
In the second half, Penn State added a few goals to their lead, starting with Raquel Rodriguez in the 46th minute. Less than five minutes later, Emily Ogle tallied another for the team to increase the Nittany Lion lead to 3 -0.
Penn State added one more goal in the 75th minute to finish the game with a dominant 4 - 0 win. Senior goalkeeper Britt Eckerstrom recorded her 12th shutout on the season and finished the game with two saves.
Head Coach Erica Walsh was pleased with the Nittany Lion victory: “Well I just want to say congratulations to Ohio State...They have had a great run this year and a great result on Friday against Virginia Tech. I thought they came out in the first half and gave us a lot of trouble in our build up and I thought their game plan was outstanding. In the second half we found ways to break them down and started to loosen up a little bit and our rhythm got a whole lot better. I am really proud of this team, obviously we have found our stride a bit here, 15 goals in the last three games with zero goals against. I think we are playing the best soccer of the season and our depth has been outstanding. Our reserves coming off the bench today gave us a huge boost, and exactly where you want to be going into an Elite Eight match.”
Catch the Lions on Saturday, November 28th at 4 p.m. at Jeffrey Field for their Elite Eight match against West Virginia University in the NCAA tournament.