Nov. 18, 2012
Site: State College, Pa. (Jeffrey Field)
Event: NCAA Tournament (Third Round)
Score: #5 Penn State 1, Michigan 1 (PSU advances on penalty kicks, 3-2)
Records: U-M (16-5-3), PSU (19-3-2)
Next U-M Match: Season Completed
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The University of Michigan women's soccer team battled to a 1-1 double-overtime draw with No. 5 Penn State but lost the penalty kick shootout, 3-2, ending the team's magical season in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Sunday (Nov. 18) at Jeffrey Field.
Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Haley Kopmeyer (Troy, Mich./Lahser) was fantastic in net all evening, making 10 saves to keep the Wolverines in the match.
The Wolverines made the first two penalty kicks on successful tries from junior Meghan Toohey (Philadelphia, Pa./Phil-Mont Christian) and junior Nkem Ezurike (Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia/Sackville), but their subsequent three attempts were all saved. Penn State, down in a 2-0 hole in PKs, made its last three attempts to advance.
Michigan was on the offensive early, with both opportunities coming from fifth-year senior Clare Stachel (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central). In the 12th minute, Stachel received a ball from Ezurike and fired a shot on net, but it bounced off the far post. Four minutes later, Stachel put the Wolverines on the board, when she converted a penalty kick in the 16th minute. Ezurike was fouled inside the penalty area by Penn State midfielder Maddy Evans, prompting the referee to issue a yellow card and penalty kick. Stachel stepped up and buried the shot into the upper-right corner, her third goal of the NCAA Championship.
Penn State tied the score in the 42nd minute on goal from Evans off a corner kick. The service inside was headed by Nittany Lions' defender Whitney Church, and Evans got just enough of the ball on the second touch to send it over the line and knot up the score at 1-1 heading into halftime. Penn State held the edge in shots (11-4) and corner kicks (4-0) during the opening frame.
Penn State had the majority of the chances in the second half, including one in the last minute from Taylor Schram. Schram found some room, maneuvered to the dead center of the 18-yard box, and fired a shot that Kopmeyer needed to go to her right to save, keeping the match at 1-1 and sending it to overtime.
The best chance of overtime came from Penn State's Raquel Rodriguez. Her shot in the 98th minute got redirected on its way toward the net, but Kopmeyer once again came up with the save. Toohey had one opportunity from distance as time expired in the overtime, but it was easily saved by Penn State goalkeeper Erin McNulty.
Kopmeyer came up big again in the 107th minute. Penn State's Mallory Weber split the Michigan defense and had half a step on the Wolverines goalkeeper, but Kopmeyer kicked out her right leg to just get a piece of the ball and stop the scoring threat.
Scoring, Time (Assist)
1st -- U-M, Clare Stachel, 15:13 (penalty kick)
1st -- PSU, Maddy Evans, 41:24 (Whitney Church, Christine Nairn)
Penalty Kick Shootout
PSU #1 -- Raquel Rodriguez (saved)
U-M #1 -- Meghan Toohey (good)
PSU #2 -- Whitney Church (saved)
U-M #2 -- Nkem Ezurike (good)
PSU #3 -- Maddy Evans (good)
U-M #3 -- Lulu Haidar (saved)
PSU #4 -- Tani Costa (good)
U-M #4 -- Shelina Zadorsky (saved)
PSU #5 -- Maya Hayes (good)
U-M #5 -- Holly Hein (saved)
Shots: U-M 10, PSU 26
Shots on Goal: U-M 5, PSU 11
Saves: U-M 10 (Haley Kopmeyer), Penn State 4 (Erin McNulty)
Corner Kicks: U-M 9, PSU 0
Cards: PSU, Maddy Evans, 15:13 (Yellow); PSU, Christine Nairn, 107:25 (Yellow)
N O T E S
With the draw, U-M is now 4-17-6 all-time against Penn State. The two teams played to draw in both games this season. In addition, Michigan has never beaten Penn State in State College.
Sunday's meeting was the teams' first matchup in the NCAA Championship.
The penalty kick shootout was Michigan's second in program history.
With her first-half goal, Clare Stachel is tied with former Wolverine Therese Heaton (2002-05) for most goals scored (three) and most points (six) in a single NCAA Championship.
Clare Stachel's penalty kick is the team's second of the season and first since the season-opening match against Fordham (Aug. 17). The Wolverines converted both attempts.
Junior/sophomore Keyana Thompson-Shaw made her fourth start of the season on defense.
Michigan set a program record for fewest goals allowed in a season with 17. The previous record was 18 in 2010.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423