2015-12-05 / State/National Sports

Penn State booters beat Rutgers 2-0

CARY, N.C. (AP) — Frannie Crouse scored in the 24th minute to help Penn State beat Rutgers 2-0 on Friday and reach the championship game of the NCAA Women’s College Cup.

The Nittany Lions will try to win their first national title Sunday.

Kaleigh Riehl added a goal in the 79th minute for Penn State (21-3-2), which advanced to the championship game for the second time in program history.

“Every time I turn around, it feels like there’s another player scoring for us,” Penn state coach Erica Walsh said. “You just never know where it’s going to come from, and I think that’s one of the reasons this team has been so successful. You can’t really key on one player or another.”

Crouse took advantage of a mistake by Rutgers (19-4-3) in the midfield with a sliding rightfooted goal on the first shot by either team.

Rutgers’ Katelyn Walters controlled the ball near the left sideline before sending a pass back toward her own goal, but the ball rolled into the top of the box.

Crouse sprinted after it, sliding and shooting in one motion just ahead of a slide by Rutgers’ Brianne Reed. The topspin blast sailed just over the outstretched right arm of leaping goalkeeper Casey Murphy.

“I kind of felt like I was cherry picking, but I wasn’t,” Crouse said.

Rutgers finished with just five shots, including one shot on goal, in its first College Cup appearance.

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