Women's Soccer Falls in Season-Opener
September 4, 1998
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - In just her second game in a blue and white uniform, freshman Bonnie Young (Spring, Texas) not only scored all of No. 25 Penn State's goals in the upset 3-0 shutout of No. 18 Maryland, she tallied the first-ever hattrick in the history of the school's program.
"It's amazing," Young said. "I'm just glad we won."
Penn State began women's soccer in the fall of 1994. Although four-time All-American Rachel Hoffman (1994-97) holds the school record for goals in a game with two, she never had a hattrick during her PSU career. Young's came in the 89th game. With her three goals, Young also set the school record for points in a game with six.
The Lions improved to 2-0 on the season, while the Terrapins took the loss in their season opener.
"It's a huge win for us," said head coach Patrick Farmer. "To be competitive with this young a bunch is really a good feeling."
In the first half, Young put PSU on the scoreboard at 22:31. On a low right pass from sophomore Jeannine Verdrager (Long Island, N.Y.), Young kicked the ball high to the top left of the net. The Lions held a 6-5 advantage in shots at the break.
In the second half, Young and Verdrager connected again as the freshman broke away and converted a high kick at 75:23. The duo's third tally came at 83:07.
Freshman Emily Oleksiuk (Willow Grove, Pa.) received her second start in goal in as many games. Recording her first shutout and playing all 90 minutes, she made her first collegiate save in the first half, finishing with five for the game. Maryland keeper Alli Wolff recorded seven saves on the night.
Overall, Penn State out-shot Maryland, 17-13. The Lions recorded three corner kicks to UM's one.
"It was an awesome game," Oleksiuk said. "We were ready. We knew we could do it if we came together. Everyone played well, especially our four defenders."