Maya Hayes and Mallory Weber scored first-half goals as the No. 4 Penn State women’s soccer team earned its first win of the season with a 2-1 triumph over Hofstra on Sunday at Jeffrey Field.
“The first 30 minutes were quite good,” Nittany Lion coach Erica Walsh said. “I thought we looked sharp, our passing was sharp and had some great chances. Obviously we put a few away and I thought we were off to the races.”
Penn State (1-0-1), which opened its season with a 2-2 tie against West Virginia on Friday, took control early as Hayes took a low cross from Emily Carrollo to score in the 11th minute. Weber extended the Nittany Lions’ lead to 2-0 in the 19th minute, stealing the ball off a goal kick and putting it into the top of the net.
“In any game, any sport you want to come out quickly,” said Walsh. “It has been a bit of an issue for us over the past years so it is something we have been focusing on and I think it’s paid off.”
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Penn State outshot Hofstra 14-9, but did not score again. Leah Galton brought Hofstra within one with a goal early in the second half.
The Nittany Lions’ Britt Eckerstrom had six saves, including three after Galton’s goal, to preserve the win.
“I thought Britt, overall this weekend, was top notch,” Walsh said. “Friday night was a big challenge for her and she had two game-winning saves. Then today there were seven corner kicks in the second half and she was a rock.”
The Nittany Lions travel to No. 8 Virginia on Friday.