MONTREAL Penn State senior Raquel Rodriguez Cedeno’s first-half goal gave Costa Rica a 1-1 draw against Spain on Tuesday in the Women’s World Cup debut for both countries.
Rodriguez scored in the 14th minute off a centering pass from Katherine Alvarado, one minute after Vicky Losada put Spain ahead.
Spain controlled the possession for much of the second half, with Jennifer Hermoso and Sonia Bermudez narrowly missing chances soon after halftime.
Losada had another late opportunity, but Costa Rica goalkeeper Dinnia Diaz saved a shot headed to the top left part of the goal. Costa Rica finished second in last year’s CONCACAF Women’s Gold Cup, losing to the U.S. 6-0 in the final. It plays South Korea on Saturday, when Spain meets South American champion Brazil.
Rodriguez Cedeno is one of five Nittany Lions competing in the Women’s World Cup tournament, joining Ali Krieger (U.S.), Carmelina Moscato (Canada), Alyssa Naeher (U.S.) and Erin McLeod (Canada).