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Penn State women's soccer advances to NCAA quarterfinals

Penn State forward Frannie Crouse, seen here earlier in the season, had a goal during Sunday’s 3-1 victory over West Virginia in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
Penn State forward Frannie Crouse, seen here earlier in the season, had a goal during Sunday’s 3-1 victory over West Virginia in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Centre Daily Times, file

The Penn State women’s soccer team is one step closer to a national championship.

The Nittany Lions rallied Sunday night to storm past West Virginia 3-1 after scoring three unanswered goals in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Penn State (15-4-4) will next play No. 1 seed Stanford in the quarterfinals at a time to be announced Friday or Saturday. The Cardinal are 21-1-0 this season.

PSU trailed early Sunday, when the Mountaineers struck first at the 33-minute mark. But Penn State’s Alina Ortega-Jurado responded five minutes later with a goal, on an assist from Emily Ogle. And, four minutes after that, Ogle assisted Elizabeth Ball in finding the back of the net.

The Nittany Lions cruised from there. Frannie Crouse scored a goal at the 54-minute mark, on an assist by Ball, to put it at 3-1. Goalkeeper Rose Chandler saw just three shots on goal the entire game.

Penn State out-shot West Virginia by a 6-to-3 margin when it game to on-goal targets.

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