A pair of Big Ten teams will square off in the opening semifinal at the Women's College Cup in Cary, North, Carolina, on Friday (TV: 5 p.m. ET on ESPNU) as Penn State and Rutgers meet for the third
time this season. Something will have to give in the rubber match as neither team has conceded a goal in the NCAA Tournament.
They split the season series as Rutgers took
their regular-season meeting in October, 1-0, but Penn State came back to win, 2-0, in the Big Ten Championship match.
Penn State has rolled over its four opponents in the NCAA Tournament
by a margin of 19-0. Costa Rican star Raquel Rodriguez
pulls the strings for the Nittany Lions in an attack that features Megan Schafer
(13 goals) and Frannie Crouse
led the Bug Ten with 10 assists.
The Scarlet Knights survived a tense shootout against No. 1 seed Virginia -- they missed their first two shots and watched as
hit the crossbar with a chance to win it for the Cavaliers in the fifth round -- to advance to the Women's College Cup for the first time.
Since it opened the season
with eight straight shutouts, defense has carried Rutgers to its best season ever. Its 19 wins surpass the old record of 16 set in 2006. Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year Casey Murphy
has been in
goal for every minute as Rutgers led the nation with the lowest goals-against average (0.31) and its 19 shutouts were tied for seventh all-time in NCAA history in a single season. Penn State: PROBABLE STARTERS 28 Britt Eckerstrom
SR Germantown, Md.
1 Brittany Basinger
SO Purcellville, Va. 3 Kaleigh Riehl
FR Fairfax Station, Va. 5 Maddie Elliston
SO Omaha, Neb. 7 Elizabeth Ball
SO Richmond, Va. 10 Emily
SO Strongsville, Ohio 11 Raquel Rodriguez
Costa Rica 23 Nickolette Driesse
JR Wayne, N.J. 4 Megan Schafer
SO Langhorne, Pa. 9 Frannie
SO Greensburg, Pa. 16 Mallory Weber
SR Novi, Mich. KEY RESERVES
12 Charlotte Williams
FR Rochester, N.Y. 14 Ellie Jean
Conn. 15 Haleigh Echard
SO Lebanon, Pa. Rutgers: PROBABLE STARTERS 23 Casey Murphy
Bridgewater, N.J. 3 Erica Skroski
SR Galloway, N.J. 22 Brianne Reed
SR Tinton Falls, N.J. 9 Kenie Wright
FR Mount Laurel, N.J. 15 Erin Smith
JR Medford Lakes, N.J. 13 Maggie Morash
SR Bernardsville, N.J. 11 Hayley Katkowski
SR Westford, Mass. 14 Samantha Valliant
SR Markham, Ont. 16 Cassie
GS Manalapan, N.J. 73 Madison Tiernan
JR Voorhees, N.J. 4 Colby Ciarrocca
SO Montgomery, N.J. KEY RESERVES 17 Jennifer Andresen
8 Cassidy Benintente
SR Jackson, N.J. 50 Courtney Norton
SO Mount Laurel, N.J
36 Tori Prager
JR Mount Laurel, N.J.