Penn State Soccer

Penn State women’s soccer: Nittany Lions advance in Big Ten Tournament

Third-seeded Penn State advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament with a 2-0 victory over Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Penn State (14-5-1) will face seventh-seeded Iowa, which upset second-seeded Michigan 1-0, in Friday’s semifinals at 11 a.m.

The Nittany Lions took control against the Badgers (10-7-2) with a pair of first-half goals.

Taylor Schram opened the scoring 10:49 into the match after receiving a crossing pass from Emily Hurd in the center of the box. Schram fired it past Wisconsin keeper Genevieve Richard for her fifth goal of the season.

Nearly 11 minutes later, Tani Costa extended the lead with her ninth goal of the season. Hurd delivered a crossing pass to the center of the box to Costa, who tapped it past Richard.

The Badgers outshot Penn State 12-8 and had a 9-6 edge in corner kicks, but Nittany lion goalie Britt Eckerstrom made six saves.

“I thought that the energy from the group today was fantastic,” said Nittany Lion coach Erica Walsh. “In particular, I thought Britt Eckerstrom was fabulous, coming off the line and taking command of her box. Overall I thought the defense was very good.”