Penn State Berks, Penn College to Battle for NEAC Women's Soccer Title

Penn State Berks, Penn College to Battle for NEAC Women's Soccer Title

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Penn State Berks and Penn College are the final two teams standing after advancing in the semifinal round of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Soccer Tournament, hosted by Penn State Berks.

No. 1 Penn State Berks will meet No. 3 Penn College Sunday at 2 p.m. for the NEAC Championship. The winner of Sunday’s contest will receive an automatic berth to the 2017 NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament.

Game 1: No. 4 Bryn Athyn College 0, No. 1 Penn State Berks 2

Boxscore / Recap (Provided by Penn State Berks)

Caitlin Golden (Lumberton, N.J.) scored a goal in each half to lead Penn State Berks to a 2-0 victory over Bryn Athyn College. The Nittany Lions will be making their sixth-straight appearance in the NEAC Title game on Sunday. Penn State Berks goalkeeper Paige Elmy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) earned her fourth shutout of the season while Bryn Athyn College keeper Allie Warren (Tower City, Pa.) recorded 17 saves in the loss. Penn State Berks improves to 14-5-1 on the year while Bryn Athyn College concludes its historic run with a 9-7-1 overall record.

Game 2: No. 3 Penn College 1, No. 2 SUNY Poly 1 (2OT), Penn College advances in shootout

Boxscore / Recap (Provided by Penn College)

It felt a bit like déjà vu for Penn College after advancing in a shootout for the second-straight postseason contest. Penn College edged out SUNY Poly, 4-3, in the shootout to advance to its first NEAC Finals. Nakeya Stedman (Sauquoit, N.Y.) scored the lone goal of the first half to give SUNY Poly the lead, but Penn College evened the score on a goal by Hailee Hartman (Lampeter, Pa.) in the 52nd minute. The score who remain knotted at 1-1 after two overtime periods, forcing the shootout to determine the advancing team. Penn College goalkeeper Taylor Gonzalez (Lititz, Pa.) made seven saves, while SUNY Poly’s Angela Bartlett (West Winfield, N.Y.) turned away six shots. Penn College moves on with a 9-7-5 overall record while SUNY Poly ends its season with a 13-4-1 ledger.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.