No. 8 Penn State women's soccer blasts Bucknell with seven-goal performance
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- No. 8 Penn State pressured Bucknell with an offensive onslaught, besting the Bison 7-0 Tuesday night.
Led by Frannie Crouse's two goals and a combined seven saves by Britt Eckerstrom and Meghan Kaminski, the Nittany Lions' seven goals is the most scored since 2005 when Penn State shut out Iowa, 8-0.
Mallory Weber put the Nittany Lions (8-1) on the board in the 14th minute on a pass from Salina Williford. Weber outpaced two Bucknell (5-5) defenders then sliced the ball with her left foot, putting the Lions up, 1-0.
Penn State doubled its lead at the 30-minute when Megan Schafer dished an assist from the center line to Crouse, who streaked down the left wing, slid the ball from the nearside post past the goalkeeper for the 2-0 lead.
In the 45th minute, Schafer retreived a bouncing ball off of a Bison player, and left footed it in for the 3-0 count.
Emily Ogle sustained Penn State's offensive attack after the midgame break, knocking in the Lions' fourth goal of the game off an assist from Weber, two minutes into the second half.
Up 4-0 in the second half, head coach Erica Walsh rotated her bench, allowing for reserves to see significant playing time. One such Nittany Lion, Anna Witte, took advantage of the opportunity to put Penn State up 5-0. Her hard kicked shot from the far sideline sailed into the net for the first goal of her career. Mallory Peterson netted the next shot for the Lions' sixth of the game.
Crouse tacked on her second of the game with just under a minute left in regulation for the final 7-0 score.
Starter Eckerstrom and Kaminski combined for seven saves and the team's fourth shutout of the year.