UNIVERSITY PARK — Maya Hayes and Mallory Weber scored first-half goals as the No. 4 Penn State womens soccer team earned its first win of the season with a 2-1 triumph over Hofstra on Sunday at Jeffrey Field.
The first 30 minutes were quite good, Nittany Lion coach Erica Walsh said. I thought we looked sharp, our passing was sharp and had some great chances. Obviously we put a few away and I thought we were off to the races.
Penn State (1-0-1), which opened its season with a 2-2 tie against West Virginia on Friday, took control early as Hayes took a low cross from Emily Carrollo to score in the 11th minute. Weber extended the Nittany Lions lead to 2-0 in the 19th minute, stealing the ball off a goal kick and putting it into the top of the net.
In any game, any sport you want to come out quickly, said Walsh. It has been a bit of an issue for us over the past years so it is something we have been focusing on and I think its paid off.
Penn State outshot Hofstra 14-9, but did not score again. Leah Galton brought Hofstra within one with a goal early in the second half.
The Nittany Lions Britt Eckerstrom had six saves, including three after Galtons goal, to preserve the win.
I thought Britt, overall this weekend, was top notch, Walsh said. Friday night was a big challenge for her and she had two game-winning saves. Then today there were seven corner kicks in the second half and she was a rock.
The Nittany Lions travel to No. 8 Virginia on Friday.