Nittany Lions Win Seventh Straight, 3-0 Over Penn
University Park, Pa.; September 20, 2006 - Junior forward Shaun Banta recorded multiple goals for the third straight game and scored for the fourth straight game as Penn State, despite starting slowly, scored three times to record its seventh straight win with a 3-0 victory over visiting Penn on Wednesday night. The Nittany Lions improve to 7-2 with the win heading into their Big Ten opener at Michigan State on Saturday.
Most of the first half was played around the midfield area, with neither team being able to take much control of the game. What few scoring opportunities there were in the first half belonged to Penn State, however, as the Lions had six shots in the first half, two of which were turned away by Quaker goalie Liz Schlossberg. With under 10 seconds remaining in the first half, Penn State was awarded its third penalty corner of the half. The clock ran out before the corner was taken, meaning all Penn would have to do was clear the ball to end the half. But the Nittany Lions worked the ball around the perimeter of the circle after the corner was taken and Kiersten Wood's shot at the goal was deflected in by Banta to give Penn State the 1-0 lead heading into the break.
A little less than five minutes into the second half, Banta struck again with her ninth goal of the year and her eighth goal in the last four games. Once again, it was a penalty corner that led to the goal as Mallory Weisen's shot off the corner was redirected and tipped into the net by Banta. It was the fifth assist of the year for Weisen, which leads the team. Jen Long was also credited with an assist on the play, her fourth of the year, which is second on the team.
Allison Scola wrapped up the scoring toward the end of the game as she scored off the rebound of a saved shot for her fourth goal of the year at the 66:14 mark. Wood's initial shot was saved by Schlossberg but Scola was right there to put away the rebound.
The Nittany Lions outshot the Quakers 12-2 and had more penalty corners as well, 8-4. Penn State also extended its scoreless streak on defense to 229:54, their longest of the season. The Nittany Lions are unscored upon in their last three games.
Penn State next takes on Michigan State in East Lansing on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.