Penn State defeated West Virginia, 2-0 on Saturday in College Station, Pa., to advance to the College Cup semifinals.
Penn State will play Big Ten rival Rutgers in the College Cup semifinals on Friday in Cary, N.C. ACC foes Duke and Florida State will play in the other semifinal.
On Saturday, Emily Ogle opened the scoring for Penn State on a free kick which West Virginia goalkeeper Hannah Steadman misjudged. Steadman went to punch the ball, but it only skipped off of her glove and into the net. The free kick was taken from just under 30 yards away.
Frannie Crouse then doubled Penn State’s lead in the 39th minute with her 10th goal of the season.
Rutgers advanced to the College Cup by upsetting Virginia, the nation’s top-ranked team, in penalty kicks on Friday. This will be the first College Cup in Scarlet Knights history.
Duke upset No. 1 seed Stanford in penalty kicks on Friday in Elite Eight action, and Florida State advanced to the College Cup for the fifth consecutive year while setting a shutout streak record of 900 minutes in a 5-0 thrashing of Texas A&M.
Rutgers and Penn State met twice previously this season, with the Scarlet Knights winning at home in Piscataway, N.J. on Oct. 18 in the regular season and Penn State winning on home turf on Nov. 8 in the Big Ten title game.
Florida State and Duke met once this season, playing to a scoreless draw through double overtime on Sept. 20 in Durham, N.C.
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