No. 10 Penn State women’s soccer opened its Big Ten title defense against No. 2 North Carolina.
Both teams played, but neither scored, and it ended up being a 0-0 draw.
The teams were scoreless for the first 25 minutes, and North Carolina controlled the pace, getting six shots to Penn State’s zero. PSU didn’t get a shot for the next 10+ minutes, either, and Carolina added four. The rest of the half brought more of the same for the most part, and the game was still scoreless headed into halftime.
Although PSU trailed 10-2 in total shots, the team led UNC 2-1 in shots on goal. Penn State also survived three Carolina corners and didn’t manage to get any on its side.
Nobody scored for the first 10 minutes of the second half, either. Penn State remained without a corner, and Carolina added three more shots, one of which was on goal. Penn State had three fouls in the first half and matched that in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Carolina added two fouls.
Penn State added a third shot on goal around 64 minutes in, but Kaitlyn MacBean’s attempt was saved by Carolina keeper Emmie Allen. Allen ended the night with three saves. Penn State keeper Katherine Asman had one. The rest of the game didn’t feature much. Neither team managed any great chances. Carolina ended the night with 18 total shots to Penn State’s three, but all three of Penn State’s shots were on goal. Carolina had just two.
Penn State’s next game is Saturday, Aug. 20, at home against West Chester in a non conference matchup. Kickoff is scheduled for 1.