It took Penn State only 18 seconds to strike in Friday’s NCAA Tournament second-round match against West Virginia at Jeffrey Field.
While that proved to be the Nittany Lions’ only goal of the opening half, they added three more for insurance in the second half of what amounted to a 4-0 victory over the Mountaineers.
With its first loss since October 13, West Virginia’s season ends at 11-5-7..
No. 2 seed Penn State (15-4-3) moves on to battle No. 3 Virginia on Sunday.
Payton Linnehan put PSU in front early when she scored on a play that featured assists from Natalie Wilson and Kate Wiesner.
The Nittany Lions held the 1-0 lead until the 55:01 mark when Penelope Hocking doubled the advantage. Wiesner and Mieke Schiemann assisted the second goal.
Just 1:40 later, Cori Dyke scored on penalty kick, leaving the seventh-seeded Mountaineers in a 3-0 hole.
Amelia White capped the scoring at the 68:35 mark. Wiesner earned her third assist, while Schiemann was credited with her second.
Katherine Asian stopped two shots for PSU, while Morgan Messner made one save in the win.
Kayza Massey allowed all four goals, while, Maddie Murphy had four saves in defeat.
Penn State blanked the Mountaineers 2-0 in the regular season back on August 25.