By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's soccer team had its sixth shutout of the season against Loyola Marymount on Wednesday night. The Nittany Lions walked away with a 3-0 victory, a task that was possible with the stellar performance from goalkeeper Evan Finney.
Playing the entire game, Finney made his debut in the post for this season and didn't let anything get by him, allowing Penn State to keep the lead and take the shutout.
"It was a fantastic performance," stated Warming when asked about Finney. "When Andrew Wolverton got ejected from the game at James Madison a year ago, Finney came in and two minutes later saved a penalty kick. Of course Wolverton was out for the match so we go to Indiana who is ranked No.4 in the country, packed house, and had a shutout for us. Tonight's performance was just fantastic, but it is not something he has not done."
Known for his ability to always step up when his team needs him most, Finney excelled Wednesday night which was also his second time starting a match for Penn State.
Finney was able to block five shots against LMU and walked away with his second career shutout.
"Evan did everything we could have asked for and more tonight, he represented his team and what GoalKeeperU was without any question during this match," stated Coach Warming.
Normally not a starting player, Finney only found out he would be starting the match hours before warmups.
"We wanted to tell him the good news face-to-face, he works extremely hard in practice and we wanted to reward him. He had an amazing performance tonight and we couldn't be happier with how he played," continued Coach Warming.
This marks Finney's first appearance in the 2015 season and not only did it make his presence in the post known, it also allowed him to help the Blue and White come back from a three-game losing streak.
"My mentality is always to have fun and go play whenever I'm in the game. I was just having so much fun not only to get the win but to get the shutout I think the teams' moral is going to be through the roof after a win like tonight's and it's great that I could do my part in helping make that happens" said Finney.
Last season Finney appeared in two games and started in one. Additionally he has never given up a goal in net when the Nittany Lions were at full strength. The only goal he's given up was against JMU when the team was down to nine field players due to a red card.
Although this was his first appearance in the game so far this season, Finney made an impact when the team needed him defending the net.
"Every game is important but tonight was a really important win for us and was what our team needed at this point in the season," stated Finney.
With the shutout the team is now overall looking at a 6-6-2 record.
"Evan did a fantastic job, he's been playing really well in practice and he deserves it. I'm really proud of him and how he did tonight," said teammate Drew Klingenberg.
Not only did Finney stand out against Loyola Marymount, the three goals were scored by Sam Bollinger, Connor Maloney, and Klingenberg to get the Nittany Lions on the scoreboard.
"This is where we start our run into postseason, we need to take this into Wisconsin and show them that we're hungry for the wins," stated Klingenberg.
Penn State will be taking this confidence on the road with them as the team travels to Wisconsin for a Big Ten match up on Saturday, Oct 24.