Hello Women's Soccer Fans! It's Meghan Gill here, back again this year to blog for our team as we begin competition in the Big Ten. Just to recap you on the season so far, we are 7-3-0 after a tough non-conference season, which included some great wins (Nevada, WVU, Richmond, NC State, Pitt, UVA, Bucknell) and a few tough losses (Stanford, UCF, Wisconsin). The best part of having such a tough non-conference season is that is has prepared us for the challenges we face in our Big Ten matches.
Our Big Ten season officially started this past Saturday with an away trip to Wisconsin. Wisconsin is known to be one of the better teams in the Big Ten, and one of the more physical. As the score line shows, it was a tough battle all game with the final score being a 1-0 loss for us. Although it wasn't quite how we wanted to start out our Big Ten games we learned a lot about our team and the mentality and physical presence we are going to have to bring to every game from here on out. It is a long season, and with 10 more Big Ten games left we are focused and ready to go.
However, before our first home Big Ten weekend against Northwestern and Illinois, we had a quick turnaround from Saturday with a game against Bucknell last night. This was a good game for us as we were able to almost instantly put into action those lessons we learned and not have to wait a whole week to compete and try to get back to our winning ways. It was a perfect Fall night to play soccer and a great game for the whole team as there were a few players who got their first start or made their debut for the Blue and White! The game ended in a 4-0 win for us with four different goal scorers, which goes to show our versatility that we hope to continue on in Big Ten Season.
Next up is Northwestern on Friday and Illinois on Sunday, which we hope to use to get us back on track in the Big Ten race. Northwestern played newcomer Nebraska in their Big Ten opener to a 3-1 loss, while 22nd ranked Illinois rallied from two goals down to tie Iowa 2-2 for their opener. So, as you can see the Big Ten conference is getting tougher every year, but we are as focused as ever to turn this around and keep the Penn State Tradition alive! To help us in our journey, come out to Jeffery Field on Friday at 7 p.m. as we take on Northwestern and Sunday at 1 p.m. as we take on Illinois! Hope to see you there!