Penn State has punched its ticket to the women’s soccer version of the sweet 16.
The Penn State women’s soccer team shut out Wake Forest 2-0 Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament and will advance to Sunday’s third round. It will play West Virginia — which beat Rutgers in a penalty shootout 0-0 (4-3 PKs) Friday night — at 5 p.m. Sunday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
“Proud of the way our team came together,” Nittany Lions coach Erica Dambach said in a news release. “I didn’t think it was our best performance, but I thought we stayed together. ... As the game wore on, we were able to find our legs and got stronger as the game wore on.”
Both of Penn State’s goals came in the second half. Alina Ortega Jurado struck first by heading the ball into the back of the net from six yards out at the 58-minute mark. Laura Freigang added a score six minutes later — her eighth goal in the past eight games — to put the contest out of reach.
Wake Forest out-shot Penn State by a 15-to-7 margin and had five shots on goal to PSU’s three, but the Nittany Lions recorded their 13th shutout of the season thanks to goalkeeper Rose Chandler.
Chandler made five saves, while the Deacons’ Lindsay Preston made just one.
If Penn State wins again Sunday, it will advance to the quarterfinals that will be played Nov. 24 or 25.