Mallory Weber scored twice in a dominating second half as Penn State booted Syracuse 2-0 Sunday to complete a sweep in its season-opening invitational women’s soccer tournament at Jeffrey Field.
The No. 24 Nittany Lions, who defeated No. 12 West Virginia 3-1 on Friday, and the Orange (0-1-1) were scoreless through the first half.
Penn State took control early in the second half.
Raquel Rodriguez got loose and fired a shot to the right cage that Syracuse goalie MacKenzie Moranz stopped, but could not corral. The loose rebound rolled to the right of the net where Weber swooped in uncovered and fired it into the open cage to break the drought at the 47:44 mark.
The Nittany Lions extended the margin about 4 1/2 minutes later. Reserve Haleigh Echard made a crossing pass to the middle of the box toward Rodriquez who used her chest to deflect the ball down and poked it through two defenders to Weber on the right side. Weber fired a point blank shot past Moranz.
Penn State continued to fire upon Moranz and Syracuse could never muster much of an attack. The Nittany Lions outshot the Orange 12-1 over the final half. For the game, Penn State held a 17-3 edge in shots and a whopping 9-0 margin in corner kicks.
Rodriquez led Penn State with four shots, while Emily Ogle and Weber added three each. Eight different Penn State players had shots.
Nittany Lion goalie Britt Eckerstrom needed to make just one save in the shutout. Moranz had seven saves.
Penn State returns to action Friday, with a 5:30 p.m. clash against Connecticut (2-0) at Jeffrey Field.