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Penn State Women Fall to Life University 44-12

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Penn State Women Fall to Life University 44-12

The Penn State Women took on Life University in the team’s first home game of the season this past weekend, defeating Life’s JV on Friday evening and dropping the game to Life’s Varsity on a beautiful fall Saturday morning.  It was a tough match and the young Penn State side struggled with the speed and athleticism of their opponent and eventually dropped the game 44 - 12.

Both Penn State trys came from 5th year scrumhalf Sophie Pyrz in the second half, with Junior flyhalf Darina Roe converting the first. Penn State’s first try came after spending quite some time in the opposition 22 and Life doing themselves no favors with multiple penalties.  Sophie would eventually take advantage with a quick tap and get over the line. The team’s second try was the result of a clean line break from a scrum right outside the opposition 22 at the closing whistle. 

Penn State was able to keep Life at bay for the first 15 minutes of the match.  A penalty allowed Life into the PSU half. A second penalty allowed them to create sustained pressure through fast ball, and a third penalty 5 meters from the try line sealed the deal and allowed a quick tap and dive over the line. 

Penn State would keep Life out of the try zone for another 15 more minutes before a missed tackle at the 22m line would prove fatal and give Life their second try directly under the posts, which was quickly followed by trys numbered three and four giving Life a 22 - 0 lead at the half, despite the considerable amount of time PSU spent in the opposition half. 

Life scored first in the second half, but Penn State finally answered back with their first try.  Unfortunately, your Nittany Lions were unable to mount a significant come back and yielded 3 more tries before closing the game with one last try in the corner. 

While the team was defeated on the field this weekend it's hard to call the weekend unsuccessful.  This past weekend the team could not have felt more support or love with all the family, friends, and alumni in attendance for the annual Reunion weekend.  A huge thank you to everyone in attendance.  There is nothing more special than watching the past and present collide and for the current team to learn, in person, who and what they play for day in and day out.  We are forever grateful for all our supporters and can't express how thankful the current team is for all the financial support that was pledged over the weekend.  The team’s experience and journey continues to be unparalleled in the collegiate landscape.  With your support we continue to create memories, experiences, and friendships that last a lifetime, a priceless gift. 

Penn State is on the road this week and will kick off their Big 10 Conference schedule with games on Sunday, October 6th against the University of Notre Dame at 10:30am and Davenport at Noon both at the Stinson Rugby field on the Notre Dame campus.