Riding a five game winning streak with wins over BR-306 Lancanster Bible and BR-429 Gallaudet, the BR-40 Penn State-Berks women’s soccer team makes the biggest move in our weekly rankings, jumping 135 spots.
After taking a 1-0 lead into the halftime intermission, the Nittany Lions opened up its scoring in the second have to notch a 6-2 win over Lancaster in a North Eastern Athletic Conference match to open the week.
Outscoring the Chargers 5-2 in the second half, junior forward Lizzie Mummau scored her 10th goal of the season putting Berks up 1-0 at the 13:50 mark of the first half. The next two goals came from freshman forward Caitlin Golden, who finished the match with three scores and an assist to take her team-leading point total to 37 on the season. Also adding goals for the Nittany Lions were freshman midfielder Kaylie Smucker and sophomore forward Chrissy Smith.
Between the posts, freshman Paige Elmy finished the game with five saves, which is her highest total in conference play.
In the next match of the weekend, Berks had three players score multiple goals as they shutout Gallaudet in another NEAC contest. The win marks the fourth straight year, and the sixth time in seven seasons the Nittany Lions reached a double-digit win total.
Berks, with their eighth shutout of the season improved to 10-1-2 on the season, and 8-0 in conference play.
Smucker notched a season-high three goals to finished tied with junior midfielder Dana Sarcinello for the team-high. Sarcinello entered the week tied for the most assists in the nation and added three more against the Bison to bring her season total to 13. Golden added a pair of goals along with an assist, and Mummau and senior midfielder Ellie McKinstry each added an assist.
Berks outshot the Bison by a 42-2 margin, along with a 5-1 advantage on corner kicks.
After a 10-day layoff, the Nittany Lions will host BR-37 Scranton in a non-conference match on October 21, in a Pink Game fundraiser to support the Breast Cancer Support Services of Berks.