UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State held a 3-to-1 edge in shots, but Michigan got the only one into the net as the No. 19 Wolverines upset the No. 11 Nittany Lions 1-0 before 2,144 fans at Jeffrey Field on Sunday.
Neither team scored in the opening half and the contest remained scoreless until Michigan’s Tori McCombs broke the stalemate after booting in a crossing pass from Nkem Ezurike from point-blank range at the 66:38 mark.
The Nittany Lions (10-3-1 overall, 4-2 Big Ten) could not solve Michigan goalie Taylor Bucklin, who had seven saves.
Penn State’s Kori Chapic nearly scored the equalizer in the 75th minute, sending the ball over the heads of Michigan defenders, but the shot just skimmed the top of the goal.
The game was filled with penalties and had an ejection. Michigan (10-2-1, 4-1-1) had nine penalties. Penn State had four and a late ejection.
The Nittany Lions host Ohio State at 3 p.m. Thursday in a contest that will air live on the Big Ten Network.