SOMERSET, N.J. – Saint Elizabeth senior midfielder Amy Rowe tallied her first goal of the 2012 season but visiting Penn State Abington prevailed with a 2-1 victory over the Screaming Eagles in North Eastern Athletic Conference women’s soccer action on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Soccer Centers.
The Nittany Lions (4-3, 2-1 NEAC) tallied the first goal three minutes into the match when a shot from the left side by Desirae Holmes was deflected by CSE goalkeeper Catherine De La Cruz. The ball slipped to the other side of the net where Penn State Abington’s Cindy Wade tapped it home for a 1-0 lead.
The score would remain 1-0 through halftime despite the visitors holding a 9-0 shot advantage.
CSE re-grouped during the intermission and was much the aggressor at the start of the second half. Three early shots did not find their mark, and Penn State Abington was able to post a second goal in the 60th minute.
The resilient Screaming Eagles got on the board just six minutes later after earning a corner kick in the Penn State Abington end of the field.
Rowe sent a hard corner kick to the front of the net and the ball glanced off a Penn State Abington defender and into the net at 66:09.
Penn State Abington, a conference finalist in 2011, held CSE at bay to pick up a crucial NEAC victory.
De La Cruz tallied five saves for CSE (2-3, 1-2 NEAC).
Saint Elizabeth continues its five-game home stint on Monday, Sept. 17 with a 3 p.m. non-conference match against the College of Mount Saint Vincent at Soccer Centers.