CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — No. 12 Old Dominion scored the first four goals of the game and cruised to a 5-2 victory against No. 8 Penn State on Friday afternoon. The game was the season opener for both squads.
Five different Lady Monarchs scored goals, including senior Emma Batten who notched a goal and an assist. Old Dominion controlled much of the play throughout the day, outshooting the Nittany Lions 17-4 and earning five penalty corners.
Sophomore Preseason All-CAA selection Kati Nearhouse put ODU on the board 11 minutes in with a blast from just inside the circle that found the back left part of the cage. Before Penn State could regroup, sophomore Cassandra Wagner scored to put the Lady Monarchs up 2-0 early.
ODU went into the half up 3-0 after a Danielle Clutter score. The Lady Monarch momentum continued rolling in the second half as Preseason All-CAA selection Kathryn Kirk scored less than two minutes into the second stanza. Kirk redirected a shot from Batten that found the back of the cage and gave Old Dominion a 4-0 lead.
Penn State roared back with consecutive goals to cut the ODU lead to 4-2. Jenna Chrismer and Hannah Allison each tallied goals for the Nittany Lions.
The Lady Monarchs pushed their lead back to three goals at the 52:17 mark after Batten deflected a Bex Condie shot into the cage and the ODU defense would hold on from there.