Penn State comes back from 2-0 deficit to down Michigan in PKs
Penn State Athletics
Last Updated - November 19, 2012 12:03 GMT
McNulty made three big saves in PKs.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Down 2-0 in penalty kicks, Penn State rallied and converted on its final three kicks and graduate keeper Erin McNulty made three consecutive stops to lead the Nittany Lions past Michigan on Sunday at Jeffrey Field. With the win, Penn State advances to the quarterfinals and will host Duke on Friday. In the shootout, Michigan converted on its first two attempts, while Penn State missed its first two. McNulty stuffed the next three Michigan shots, while senior Maddy Evans, junior Tani Costa and junior Maya Hayes each hammered home their penalty kicks. McNulty’s third and final save clinched it as the Jeffrey Field crowd erupted.
Head Coach Erica Walsh advances to her third quarterfinal, coming with three different teams (Dartmouth, Florida State and Penn State).
“I’m proud of this group, specifically the seniors,” Walsh said. “And every time we have to face a different challenge, we overcome it with such grace and dignity. I’m just excited for the next challenge.”
Penn State outshot Michigan 26-10, including 8-1 in the overtime period. Penn State dominated the corner kick figure, accounting for nine while holding Michigan to none. The lone Nittany Lion goal in the contest for Evans came off a corner kick. Michigan scored in the 15th minute on a penalty kick.
The Michigan goal was scored by Clare Stachel on the penalty kick. Evans fouled a Michigan player in the box, which resulted on the successful penalty kick for a 1-0 lead.
Following a handful of opportunities, Evans would net her sixth goal of the season to tie the game up at one in the 41st minute. On a corner kick, senior Christine Nairn played it in and sophomore Whitney Church headed it past the Michigan keeper. The ball settled on the goal line and Evans finished it to even up the game.