Penn State (1-4, 0-2 CHA) achieved one of its goals this weekend by outshooting Sacred Heart (1-2), but the Nittany Lions ultimately fell 2-1.
The Lions fell behind early in the game when Pioneers’ right winger Alanna Woodford found the back of goalie Nicole Paniccia’s net just over two minutes into the contest.
The Pioneers added another goal when center Sara Hanna notched her first score of the season late in the second period on a power play.
Lions left winger Shannon Yoxheimer tried to get a rally going when she scored her third goal of the year with just over two minutes left in the final period, but it was not enough as the team ultimately ran out of time.
The Lions outshot their opponent for the first time in first five games of the season by putting 42 shots on net to the Pioneers’ 28 shots.
However, the Lions continued their struggle on the power play as the team failed to score on three opportunities.
Sacred Heart head coach Thomas O’Malley said staying out of the penalty box was one of the keys to victory earlier in the week. The Lions were penalized four times including one that put them short handed when the game-winning goal was scored.
The team will get a chance to redeem the loss and earn a weekend split with the Pioneers when the two squads face off at 2 p.m. Saturday.