Penn State Defeats Northwestern, 2-0
Nov. 3, 2006
ANN ARBOR (MI)- After a scoreless first half, the Wildcats could no longer hold the Nittany Lion's explosive offense, surrendering two goals in the second half as Penn State claimed a 2-0 victory to wrap up Friday's quarterfinal action at the Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich.
It took Penn State, the second most goal scoring team in the conference 49:21 to find the back of the net when Kiersten Wood redirected a Britney Long shot from the top of the circle to go ahead 1-0 in the second half. Three minutes later Mallory Weisen hammered in a 14-yard direct shot from the top of the circle to dash any Wildcat hopes of an upset.
Christina Foley took two shots on goal but the Wildcats but could not find any offensive momentum losing a 6-2 penalty corner battle to Penn State.
The Lions took 12 shots and Shaun Banta and Annelise Legel took three shots each in the match, however Wood and Weisen needed only one shot on the day to convert on goal. The Nittany Lions out shot the Wildcats 12-5 and held a 6-2 penalty corner advantage.
Penn State sophomore goalkeeper, Jen Beaumont picked up her eighth conference leading shutout of the year with four saves.
The Nittany Lions play the Spartans in Saturday's second semi-final game at 1 p.m. Michigan State is coming off a quarterfinal upset win over Indiana, 3-1.