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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - In front of a Razorback Field record 3,401 fans, the No. 9 Penn State women's soccer team used a two-goal second half to outlast the Arkansas Razorbacks, 4-2, Friday night. In the contest, junior Marissa Sheva (Sellersville, Pa.) netted her second two-goal game of the season.
Just 90 seconds into the contest, Arkansas (1-2-0) took an early 1-0 lead over Penn State (3-0-0) as Stefani Doyle netted her first goal of the season from five-yards out.
The Penn State offense then tied the game at one goal apiece on Frannie Crouse's (Greensburg, Pa.) first goal of the 2017 campaign during the ninth minute of play. Crouse connected on a one-timer from junior Charlotte Williams (Rochester, N.Y.) from just outside the 18-yard box.
Penn State took its first lead of the evening in the 19th minute on Sheva's third goal of the season. From 10-yards out, Sheva placed the ball under the crossbar in the upper-right corner to put the Nittany Lions up 2-1.
The two teams went to the halftime break with Penn State leading, 2-1, and with shots in favor of Penn State, 6-4.
Similar to the start of the match, Arkansas opened the second of play with an early goal. Taylor Malham tied the game at two goals apiece just 80 seconds into the second half.
With the score tied 2-2, Sheva posted her second goal of the evening, and the fourth of the season during the 55th minute. From close-range, Sheva buried a pass from redshirt junior defender Maddie Elliston (Omaha, Neb.).
Redshirt sophomore defender Kaleigh Riehl (Fairfax Station, Va.) tacked on an insurance goal for the Nittany Lions on a header off an Emily Ogle (Strongsville, Ohio) corner kick during the 71st minute.
In net, redshirt junior Rose Chandler (Atlanta, Ga.) tallied a three-save outing en route to the Penn State victory, including a save on Malham with 9:43 left in regulation.
Penn State concludes its two-match road trip at No. 1 West Virginia on Sept. 2. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium in Morgantown, W.Va.
NOTES: Penn State leads the all-time series against Arkansas, 2-0-0...Shots were tied 11 apiece...Three games into the 2017 season and Marissa Sheva has set a personal-best mark for goals in a season with four...Sheva tallied her second career, and second of the season, two-goal game...Megan Schafer moved into 20th all-time at PSU in points with 69...Schafer tallied a career-best two-assist outing...Frannie Crouse moved into a tie for 11th all-time in goals scored at PSU with 34 (Christine Nairn '12)...Crouse also moved into a tie for 14th all-time in points at PSU with 80 (Courtney Lawson '99)...Laura Freigang made her season-debut at 31:03...Penn State has tallied at least three goals in the each of its first three games this season...Kaleigh Riehl scored her second career goal on Friday...Riehl's first career goal came in Penn State's 2-0 victory over Rutgers in the 2015 College Cup Semifinal round.