After a one-year hiatus, the Penn State women’s soccer team is back atop the Big Ten.
Seen Kori Chapic had the first two-goal game of her career as the No. 7 Nittany Lions (16-2 overall, 11-1 league) clinched their 16th Big Ten championship with a 2-1 triumph over Iowa at Jeffrey Field on Senior Day on Sunday.
Iowa (10-4-1, 5-4-1) threatened to spoil the party by getting on the board just 5:01 into the match when Corey Burns scored off a corner kick. The Hawkeyes led 1-0 at the half.
Penn State broke through 81/2 minutes into the second half. At midfield, Salina Williford fed the ball to Emily Ogle, who found Chapic streaking down the wing. From 25 yards out, Chapic sent a rocket that sailed over Iowa keeper Hannah Clark's head.
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The trio of Ogle, Williford and Chapic struck again about 51/2 minutes later. On a free kick, Iowa’s Clark booted a ball to midfield that Ogle chested down and tapped to Williford. The midfielder passed to Chapic, who dribbled the ball before firing from 20 yards out just under the crossbar for the game-winner. The goal was Chapic's fifth of the season, a career-best.
The Nittany Lions outshot Iowa 17-5. Britt Eckerstrom made three saves in the victory, while Clark had seven.
Chapic, Kindrah Kohne, Emily Hurd and Whitney Church were seniors honored prior to the match.
Penn State hosts Maryland in its final regular season match at 7 p.m. Thursday. The Big Ten tournament begins Nov. 5 at Purdue.