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Greensburg CC's Crouse Helps Lead PSU Women To 1st NCAA Title

Greensburg Central Catholic grad Frannie Crouse helped Penn State capture a National Championship, defeating Duke, 1-0 on Sunday

Greensburg Central Catholic grad Frannie Crouse helped Penn State capture a National Championship, defeating Duke, 1-0 on Sunday(photo courtesy

Costa Rican World Cup player Raquel Rodriguez scored the lone goal in the 72nd minute to give Penn State a 1-0 win over Duke for its first NCAA Division I women’s championship on Sunday.
Mallory Weber, who led Penn State with 11 assists, set up Rodriguez for her sixth goal of the season. The seniors were the only players who started for the Nittany Lion when they lost to North Carolina, 4-1, in the 2012 final. It was the second trip to the final for both teams. Duke had fallen a year earlier to Stanford, 1-0, in 2011.
Penn State were also led by Greensburg Central Catholic grad Frannie Crouse, who scored the game-winner in the 24th minute of the Lions’ National semifinal win over Big 10 foe Rutgers.  Crouse scored 11 goals and had seven assists this year. Crouse was part of a dominant GCC squad that won three WPIAL and PIAA titles in her time there.  Crouse, only a sophomore who has scored 21 goals in two years, will be joined by Upper St. Clair’s Emma Hasco next year.
Rodriguez had played for Costa Rica at the 2015 Women’s World Cup but skipped the Ticos’ series against the USA in August, including the game at Heinz Field, so she could concentrate on her senior senior at Penn State.
Duke’s best chance came in the first half when sub Imani Dorsey hit a shot that bounced off the crossbar. Toni Payne had almost single-handedly beaten defending champion Florida State in the semifinals with her devastating pace, but she
Penn State matched Florida’s feat of winning all six NCAA Tournament games by shutouts. The Lions finished with a 20-0 scoring margin in the six games and eight straight shutout wins in all competitions.
The Lions should be a contender in 2015 as they only lose keeper Britt Eckerstrom, Rodriguez and Weber. The nucleus of the team is the sophomore class with six starters.
FINAL SCORE – Penn State 1 Duke 0
Cary, N.C.
Goals: Rodriguez (Weber) 72.
Penn State — Eckerstrom, Basinger, Riehl, Elliston, Ball, Ogle, Rodriguez, Driesse, Schafer, Crouse, Weber. Subs: Williams, Jean, Echard, Ortega-Jurado.
Duke — Proctor, Quinn, Raben, Reid, Gibbons, Miller, Racioppi, Wilson, Martinez, Payne, McCoy. Subs: Burns, Dorsey, Pecht, Allen.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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