On a cold, rainy, and windy Sunday night in Morgantown, West Virginia, the Penn State Nittany Lions stormed back from a late one goal first half deficit to put an abrupt stop to the Mountaineers’ 2017 season.
After taking a 1-0 lead, Penn State, “stormed,” back, if you will, to score three unanswered goals on their way to securing a birth in the Round of Eight of the NCAA Tournament.
West Virginia jumped out to a 1-0 lead late in the first half in the 34th minute thanks to junior forward Sh’Nia Gordon. The goal came off a corner kick that was played short instead of to the box. Gordon blasted the shot past nearly every player on the pitch, including Penn State goaltender Rose Chandler.
The Nittany Lions responded just five minutes later. Then again four minutes later.
The final dagger came just 10 minutes into the second half. From there, PSU held on for a 3-1 victory.
One team left ecstatic getting high five’s from it’s contingent of fans knowing they’re returning to the Round of Eight for the first time since winning a National Championship two seasons ago. As for the other, they left in tears knowing their dreams of trying to return to the NCAA Championship Game were dashed.
West Virginia finishes it’s 2017 season 16-4-3.