Penn State Women's Soccer Stays Unbeaten in Big Ten Play
The No. 4 Penn State women’s soccer team improved its Big Ten record to 6-0 with a 5-2 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on Sunday afternoon at Jeffrey Field.
Going into the game, the Nittany Lions dominated the series with a record of 19-1-1, a whopping 17 straight victories and a 10-0 record while facing the Hoosiers at home.
The Nittany Lions took the lead at the 39:27 mark in the first half with a goal by Christine Nairn. The Hoosiers quickly answered with a goal by Orianica Velasquez 35 seconds later.
A goal by Taylor Schram gave the Lions the lead back for the rest of the first half. This was Schram’s first goal of the season.
“It feels like a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders," Schram said. "Now I can relax a little bit and just play.”
Said Penn State coach Erica Walsh, now 6-0 against the Hoosiers: “[Schram] is a complete soccer player. She’s one of the few players in the country that can literally play six different positions well on the field. She is probably the most complete soccer player I’ve ever been around.”
The Lions had 27 shots on goal with five goals by four different players.
“That’s Penn State women’s soccer 2012,” Schram said.
Freshman Mallory Weber, who scored two goals in a span of 2:05 in the second half, led Penn State’s offensive attack.
“If I cared at all about accolades [Weber] to me is the national freshman player of the year," Walsh said. "She is just heads and tails above anyone else. I think the only player that’s competing with her is Rocky [Cedeno]. There are a lot of players I haven’t seen, but I can’t imagine there are two players on a team than Rocky and Mal Weber.”
Weber and teammate Maddy Evans scored three goals in a 5:44 window. Both of Weber’s goals were assisted by Nairn, while Cedeno assisted Evans’s goal. The surge of offense sealed the win for the Lions despite being tied 2-2 with the Hoosiers for 12 minutes and 30 seconds in the second half.
The Nittany Lions held onto their perfect record in Big Ten play. It will next be put on the line when Penn State travels to Nebraska on Oct. 12.