Penn State Berks Tops Penn College for Fifth-Straight NEAC Women's Soccer Title

Penn State Berks Tops Penn College for Fifth-Straight NEAC Women's Soccer Title

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – Penn State Berks tallied a pair of goals in each half en route to a 4-0 victory over Penn College to win its fifth-straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Soccer Championship Sunday.

Boxscore / Recap (Provided by Penn State Berks)

Megan Jardine (Mohrsville, Pa.) began the scoring at the 12:06 mark before Melissa Martin (Shillington, Pa.) found the back of the net at 16:25 to give the Nittany Lions a 2-0 lead that would hold through halftime. Caitlin Golden (Lumberton, N.J.) added two more in the second half to close out the scoring and lock up the win for Penn State Berks. Golden was also recognized as the Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring four goals on the weekend.

Despite suffering the loss, Taylor Gonzalez (Lititz, Pa.) was solid in net for Penn College with 15 saves. Penn State Berks goalkeeper Paige Elmy (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.) logged the majority of minutes, making just one save.

Penn College, who was appearing in its first NEAC Championship game, saw a historic season come to an end on Sunday. The Wildcats end the 2017 season with a 9-6-5 mark. Penn State Berks improves to 15-5-1 with the win and secures an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Women’s Soccer Tournament. The Nittany Lions await their next opponent which will be announced on the NCAA Selection Show scheduled for Monday at 1 p.m. on NCAA.com.

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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.