Women's Soccer Welcomes Dartmouth on Sunday
Sept. 18, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's soccer team looks to string together two straight wins when it hosts Dartmouth on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on Jeffrey Field. Penn State welcomes all youth players on U.S. Youth Soccer Day and Jersey Day, where fans can receive prizes for wearing their favorite jerseys.
Penn State (2-5-1) seeks to win for the second straight time in the series with the Big Green (1-3-1), who are coming off a 3-1 loss at Quinnipiac on Friday. Previously, the two teams met in the 2000 NCAA Tournament Third Round, a 4-0 Penn State triumph. The coach of the Dartmouth squad was current PSU head coach Erica Walsh.
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SCOUTING THE BIG GREEN: Dartmouth enters this weekend's game 1-3-1 after a 0-1-1 weekend in California and a 3-1 setback at Quinnipiac. The Big Green upset San Diego in a 1-1 draw before falling 2-1 to Pepperdine. Dartmouth has had four goal scorers this year in Aly O'Dea, Peyton Tata, Kim Rose and Krissy Lozier. In net, Colleen Hogan has seen every minute of play, posting a 1.34 GAA with a .708 save percentage overall. For the season the Big Green have been out-shot by a total of 49-43.
SERIES HISTORY: This will be just the second time the Nittany Lions and Big Green have played on the pitch and head coach Erica Walsh will have been a head coach in both meetings. Previously, Penn State eliminated Walsh's Dartmouth side in the 2000 NCAA Tournament by the score of 4-0 in the second round at Jeffrey Field.
UP INVITE RUNDOWN: Penn State is coming off a tough weekend at the Nike Portland Invitational. The Nittany Lions had a comeback fall just short in a 2-1 loss to Washington at Merlo Field on Friday. Maya Hayes tallied a late goal and Christine Nairn's 90th minute blast narrowly missed from sending the game into overtime when it hit the crossbar. PSU returned to Merlo Field on Sunday to face No. 4 Portland. Hayes scored on the second shot of the game from Penn State off a Taylor Schram through ball to take the lead 40 minutes in. After a Portland penalty kick tied things up before halftime, Hayes once again gave the Pilots defense trouble, breaking free into the penalty area before being dragged down earning a spot kick for PSU. Nairn coolly put away the shot to give the Nittany Lions a 2-1 lead with 48 minutes gone and hopes of an upset well in reach. Unfortunately, Portland had too much firepower and scored three straight times from the 53rd to the 66th minute, improving to 8-0-0.
CONNECTICUT RECAP: PSU wrapped up its two-game Connecticut road swing in disappointing fashion when UConn's Jessica Shufelt scored the game-winner in overtime, capping PSU's third straight loss, 3-2, on Sunday, Sept. 5. The Nittany Lions received an early goal by Christine Nairn just 63 seconds into the contest, the second fastest Penn State goal in program history after Tiffany Weimer's 56-second goal vs. USC in 2006. UConn scored the next two before Hayley Brock notched her second of the year to send it to overtime. Krissy Tribbett made a career-high five saves in the contest. Two nights earlier, braving the elements of Hurricane Earl, the Nittany Lions dominated possession, offensive opportunities and the entire run of play, but couldn't slip a goal by Yale. The Bulldogs capitalized on a through ball and came away 1-0 victors on a dreary Friday night.
INVITATIONAL REDUX: The Nittany Lions hosted the fifth annual Penn State Invitational last weekend, going 0-1-1. Friday's game saw an exciting tilt between two top 15 teams in Penn State and Virginia as the Nittany Lions took a lead 54 minutes into the game on a Hayley Brock marker off a helper from Tani Costa. Virginia equalized in the 88th minute to send it to overtime where the game ended in a 1-1 draw. On Sunday, PSU took the lead for the third straight time in 2010 when Danielle Toney scored her second of the season, only to see it be equaled by William & Mary minutes later. A 74th minute free kick goal from 40 yards out saw the Tribe leave Jeffrey Field with the win.
GOAL FOR 13,000: Penn State has put together an ambitious promotion plan into place to see 13,000 fans see a women's soccer game at Jeffrey Field. Last season, the Lions set a new single-season attendance record with 1,138 people per game. A total of 14,378 joined the NIttany Lions, second most in the team's history in raw numbers. The 14,711 in 2005 still stands as the most. 13,000 in nine games (1,444 per game) would break last year's single-season record.
EXORCISING THE MOUNTAINEERS: West Virginia has had Penn State's number since 2007. No more. Penn State broke its four-game skid against the Mountaineers with a thrilling 2-1 overtime win over the 24th ranked WVU squad. A 22nd-minute goal by Danielle Toney was equalized by Bri Rodriguez in the 34th minute. The two teams went into overtime, mostly due to WVU goalkeeper Kerri Butler's outstanding play (nine saves). Tani Costa took a Hayley Brock delivery, cut back and slotted a left-footed shot home for the victory with 49 seconds left in the first OT period. It was Penn State's first overtime win since Oct. 2008, first win over WVU since Nov. 2005 and the first win in Morgantown since Oct. 2003. The goal was Costa's first in college play in her collegiate debut.
HOME AGAIN: The Nittany Lions return to Jeffrey Field for a 1:00 p.m. Sunday clash against Michigan State. The MSU game will be shown live on BigTenNetwork.com.
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