One early goal stood up the rest of the night for the Penn State women’s soccer team.
Frannie Crouse netted the winner as the Nittany Lions dropped Connecticut 1-0 Friday night at Jeffrey Field in the NCAA second round.
The Nittany Lions (19-3) will face Virginia Tech in the third round. In the night’s first game, the Hokies knocked out Georgetown 4-3 in overtime. The teams will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday at Jeffrey Field.
Britt Eckerstrom needed to make five saves for her eighth shutout of the season as Penn State outshot the Huskies (14-5-5) 19-10.
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Penn State struck for the lone goal 6:58 into the game, with Kori Chapic’s long cross from the sideline finding the head of Crouse right next to the far post, nodding the ball through the hands of keeper Allison Saucier for the freshman’s 10th goal of the season.
The goal ended a run of 612:15 of consecutive shutout time for the Huskies keepers, covering more than 61/2 games.
In the span of less than two minutes, just over 10 minutes into the second half, Penn State really put on the pressure with five corner kicks.
In the first game Friday, Virginia Tech’s Ashley Meier scored 30 seconds into overtime to drop Georgetown.
Murielle Tiernan, Bria Dixon and Shannon Mayrose also scored for the Hokies, while Daphne Corboz scored twice and Audra Ayotte netted one for the Hoyas. The game was highlighted by some rapid-fire scoring late in regulation, with three goals in a 23-second span.