UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – Two goals in the first six minutes were too much as the Rutgers women’s soccer team (10-7-5) fell at No. 6 Penn State (18-2-3) 3-1 in the NCAA Tournament’s second round Nov. 16 at Jeffrey Field in University Park, PA.
The Nittany Lions got on the scoreboard in the fourth minute when Joanna Lohman headed in Heidi Drummond’s corner kick. Drummond then got her head on an Ali Krieger cross less than three minutes later, giving Penn State a 2-0 lead just 6:04 into the first half. Rutgers fought back, as junior All-American Carli Lloyd (Delran, NJ) pulled the Scarlet Knights to within one in the 15th minute, scoring on a shot that found the upper-left corner from 25 yards out.
The first 20 minutes of the second half were relatively even, and Rutgers began to assert itself more in the attacking third as the second half wound down. However, Penn State was able to put the match away in the 85th minute when Lohman headed in Drummond’s corner.
“Penn State played very well,” fourth-year head coach Glenn Crooks said. “We played very hard, but probably not as well as we could have. We had to play a lot of minutes Friday against Maryland to advance (RU advanced on penalty kicks), and Penn State had a relatively easy time with it against Navy (5-1 win) and was able to rest some people. Fatigue was a factor today. It was a great season, and I’m very happy that our team was able to erase any doubts people might have had about Rutgers getting a bid. We proved that we belonged by the way we played, both against Maryland and today. It was tough today to be down 2-0 before we had even really gotten out of the gate. But, we battled and played very hard, and no one had their heads down. It was great that we were able to get it back to 2-1, and we had a lot of good heat on them in the second half. It would not have been shocking for us to get the equalizer, but they were able to get the late corner and score.”
Freshman Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) faced 22 Penn State shots and made a career-high 12 saves (8-7-5).
Rutgers was ranked sixth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and ninth by Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region this week (Nov. 10). Penn State was rated sixth by the NSCAA, seventh by Soccer America, and fifth by both Soccerbuzz and SoccerTimes.com nationally. The Nittany Lions also were ranked first by both the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region.
No. 6 Penn State 3, Rutgers 1; NCAA Tournament Second Round; Jeffrey Field; University Park, PA
Score By Periods
Rutgers 1 0 1
Penn State 2 1 3
Shots: RU 3, PSU 22. Corner Kicks: RU 2, PSU 9. Saves: RU 12, PSU 1. Fouls: RU 22, PSU 19. Offsides: RU 0, PSU 2. Yellow Cards: RU 0, PSU 1.
Score By Periods
Time Goal Assist
PSU 3:05 Joanna Lohman Heidi Drummond
PSU 6:04 Drummond Ali Kreiger
RU 14:49 Carli Lloyd (13)
PSU 84:41 Lohman Drummond