Penn St, Flash crowned
WESTFIELD, Ind. — Haleigh Echard’s goal with 11:42 remaining gave fifth-seeded Penn State a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over No. 2 seed Northwestern in the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament championship match on Sunday afternoon at Grand Park.
The Nittany Lions earned their seventh Big Ten Tournament title, and first since 2015, while also securing the Big Ten’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. Northwestern had taken a 1-0 lead on Nia Harris’ goal with 7:32 left in the first half, at which point the match was halted due to severe weather.
SFU wins title
Teaneck, N.J. — The Saint Francis women’s soccer (10-7-3) outlasted Fairleigh Dickinson on Sunday in penalty kicks to win its third NEC title in the last five years and its second in consecutive years.
“Today emphasizes the importance of being a team,” SFU coach Brenda van Stralen said. “Everybody played their role and did what was best for the team to succeed. Dakota and Jessica didn’t play in regulation and then scored their penalties. I am so proud of the group and excited to continue our season in the NCAA Tournament.”
The teams battled to a 0-0 draw over 110 minutes in a steady rain to go into penalty kicks. Saint Francis converted three kicks to claim the title.