NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – The visiting Penn State-Harrisburg Nittany Lions ignored the slick conditions at the Jersey Knights Complex on Sunday afternoon, scoring two first-half goals on their way to a 4-1 victory over homestanding Saint Elizabeth in North Eastern Athletic Conference women’s soccer action.
The Screaming Eagles fall to 4-8-1, 3-5 in the NEAC , while Harrisburg improves to 7-4 overall and 6-1 in the conference.
The Nittany Lions struck for two first-half goals on the slippery field. In the ninth minute, Harrisburg forward Nikki Francis ripped a shot from the left side of the penalty area and the wet ball slipped through the hands of diving CSE goalkeeper Catherine De La Cruz for a 1-0 visitors’ lead.
Harrisburg (7-4, 6-1 NEAC) added a second goal at 23:00 when midfielder Lauren Ertl’s touch pass found teammate Lyndsay Naughton. Naughton drilled a high shot into the net for her team-leading eighth goal of the season and a 2-0 Harrisburg lead.
The Nittany Lions added a pair of goals in the second half while limiting the Screaming Eagles’ attack. The visitors accounted for a 29-5 shot advantage in the match.
The Screaming Eagles tallied a score in the 76th minute when Kelly O’Dell fed Crane in the right side of the penalty area. Crane took one touch and powered a shot into the left side of the net for her fifth goal of the season
De La Cruz made 15 saves in net for CSE while her counterpart Janelle Hammond posted two stops.
Saint Elizabeth is on the road for its next three contests – all NEAC competitions. The Screaming Eagles travel to upstate N.Y. on Sat., Oct. 13 to face Keuka before heading over to Wells the following day.