UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The sports season in Happy Valley officially kicked on Friday night with a pair of contests on the University Park campus. The All-Sports Blog spent the evening at the field hockey opener against 16th-ranked Old Dominion, followed by the women's soccer home opener against No. 15 Virginia.
The evening started at the Penn State Field Hockey Complex with a superb defensive effort in a Penn State 4-0 shutout. Sophomore goalkeeper Ayla Halus turned in a terrific performance in the net. Halus turned away 13 Old Dominion shots to shut down the Monarch offensive attack. Kelsey Amy led the way with two goals in the victory.
We caught up with co-captain Daneen Zug following the victory for a quick comment about the team's performance on Friday. Zug tallied a second-half goal in the win. Now 1-0, the Lions will face No. 3 Virginia on Sunday afternoon.
After a short walk across University Drive, we were set for the nightcap of the home-opening doubleheader at Jeffrey Field. The 12th-ranked Nittany Lions tallied the game's first goal in the 57th minute on a tap-in from freshman Hayley Brock. From there the Nittany Lions appeared to be on track for a 1-0 victory, but a Virginia goal in the 87th minute sent the game into overtime.
After two scoreless extra frames, the game ended in a 1-1 tie. The final result was indicative of how
evenly matched the contest was on Friday night. After the game, we caught up with Nittany Lion goalkeeper
Krissy Tribbett to get her thoughts on the game. The Lions return home to face William & Mary on Sunday