Women's soccer hosts UConn in NCAA second round on Friday

November 20, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State women's soccer team moves on to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth-consecutive year, welcoming UConn to Jeffrey Field at 7:30 p.m on Friday (Nov. 21). Virginia Tech and Georgetown will be playing before the Nittany Lions' match at 4:30 p.m.

Tickets are available ahead of time and day of game. Groups of 20-or-more are $3 per ticket, youth and students are $5 and adults are $8. To purchase in advance, call 1-800-NITTANY and select option 1 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or order in person by visiting the Athletic Ticket Office Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center. Day of game, tickets are available for purchase at Jeffrey Field with cash only. Gates open one hour prior to the match.

Fans attending Penn State soccer matches at Jeffrey Field will have to comply with Penn State University's Bag Policy. Fans are advised that no bags larger than backpacks may be brought into the stadium grounds. This includes duffle bags and purses larger than 8.5" x 11" x 6" and all bags will be searched. For more information visit the Safety Policy SY44 Page or Penn State's Bag Policy Page.

Fans are reminded that there will be heavy traffic on Fri., Nov. 21 with two events in the East campus vicinity starting at the same time.  Please be prepared for extra traffic and possibly longer wait times or parking availability further from your respective venue. All Women's Soccer fans are asked to identify to the parking attendants that they are attending the soccer game to be directed accordingly.

UConn (14-4-5), the ACC Champions, recorded its sixth-straight clean sheet and scored twice within four minutes to beat New Hampshire in the first round, 2-0. The goalkeeping tandem of Allison Saucier and Emily Armstrong only had to make one save in the match, and the Huskies outshot the Wildcats, 22-7. Saucier and Armstrong splitting time in net is nothing new, as each player has seen action in at least 20 matches for a combined 0.87 goals against average. In the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010, the 2014 Huskies are one of the best defensively in recent program history, posting the most shutouts since 2007 (11). The team has also been strong on the attack, outscoring opponents 42-21. Rachel Hill's team-leading 16 goals rank 16th nationally.

Penn State leads the all-time series, 6-5-1. On Aug. 29, the Nittany Lions topped the Huskies, 3-1. Megan Schafer (Langhorne, Pa.) recorded scored two goals in the match, the first time a freshman had done so since 2010.

The Nittany Lions' 4-1 win over Buffalo on Nov. 14 marked the 12th time in program history the team has scored four-or-more goals in an NCAA Tournament match. In Penn State's 58 NCAA Tournament matches, the team has outscored its opponent, 123-66.

All season, Penn State's 11 freshmen have made huge contributions to the team's success and the postseason has been no exception. Against Buffalo, Megan Schafer scored her sixth goal of the season, tied for the third-most on the team, and improving Penn State's record to 11-0 when a first-year Nittany Lion scores.

Overall, the Nittany Lions are 14-3 in first round games (PSU received byes from the first round in 1998, 1999 and 2000). Penn State is in the midst of a six-game first round win streak. Penn State is a four-time College Cup participant (1999, 2002, 2005, 2012), while advancing to the quarterfinals nine times, posting a 4-5 record. Penn State has amassed an impressive record of 31-6-1 at Jeffrey Field, out-scoring opponents 95-29 in NCAA Play. Penn State has hosted the first and second rounds in the pod format 12 of the last 15 years. In the 11 seasons in which PSU hosted, the Nittany Lions went 21-2.

COLLEGE CUP - 1999, 2002, 2005, 2012
QUARTERFINALS - 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2012
THIRD ROUND - 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012
SECOND ROUND - 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Last Updated November 21, 2014