COLUMBO, Ohio — For the ninth time in the show’s history, Penn State’s women’s soccer program is champion of the Big Ten tournament after the sixth seed Nittany Lions defeated Michigan State 3-2 on Sunday at Lower.com Field in Columbus, Ohio.
The PSU overcame an initial deficit of one goal and fought through two draws to win the championship and prevent the MSU from winning the one-two after the Spartans clinched the Big Ten regular season title.
Ally Schlegel scored two goals in the match, including the winner of the match, and was named the tournament’s offensive MVP.
Katherine Asman made two defenses against MSU, and paired with two clean sheets in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the tournament he was named the Defensive MVP of the tournament.
Penn State won the automatic Big Ten NCAA Tournament bid with the win and moves to 13-4-3 overall. MSU drops to 16-2-3.
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN
The Spartans scored first in the fifth minute, forcing a goal against Penn State.
in 16º minute, Kate Wiesner fouled in the area, awarding PSU a penalty. Hocking took the kick but went off the right post and returned to MSU’s possession.
the 38º minute saw Penn State tie the game at 1-1. Cori Dyke took a free-kick and kicked into the area.
Mieke Schiemann headed the ball while the goalkeeper collided with it. The ball went towards the goal line with Kaitlyn MacBean securing his way by adding an extra touch and defending two defenders for his third goal of the season.
At halftime, the Nittany Lions opened up a 2-1 lead in a game Ally Schlegel goal. Hocking connected with Payton Linnehan who sent a cross to Schlegel, who split two defenders hitting the ball into the net with his right foot.
The Penn State defense saved four shot attempts until the Spartans scored on a ball deflected off the post in the 75th.º minute to tie it back.
PSU took the lead back in 82na minute like Natalie Wilson sent in a reach cross. Schiemann headed the ball and Schlegel headed the ball into the goal in what would be the winner of the game.
Penn State wins the Big Ten automatic bid for the NCAA Tournament. It will be the 28th anniversary of the Nittany Lionsº direct appearance in the national tournament.
The selection program, which will reveal the tournament bracket, will be broadcast live on NCAA.com at 4 pm on Monday, November 7.
The Penn State Women’s Football Season is presented by the Smeal College of Business.