Penn State Soccer

Penn State women’s soccer: Iowa tops Nittany Lions in Big Ten tourney

Entering the 2013 season, the Penn State women’s soccer team had never lost to Iowa, winning all 19 meetings.

For the second time in two weeks, however, the Hawkeyes got the best of the Nittany Lions.

Iowa eliminated Penn State 1-0 Friday afternoon in the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament. The Hawkeyes will face regular-season conference champion and top-seeded Nebraska in Sunday’s finals. The Cornhuskers beat Indiana 3-1 in the other semifinal.

Iowa’s lone score came 18:57 into the game, when Melanie Pickert flicked Bri Toelle’s corner kick into the net from the doorstep.

The Nittany Lions held a 25-14 shot advantage, with several solid opportunities on Hawkeye keeper Hannah Clark, who made eight saves for the shutout.

Britt Eckerstrom posted six saves, several spectacular leaping or diving stops, in the loss.

Penn State (14-6-1), which is ranked 20th in the NSCAA coaches’ poll but is No. 9 in the RPI ratings, will await its fate for the NCAA tournament when selections are announced Monday. The Nittany Lions advanced to the NCAA Championship game last season.