PSU looks to advance to the NCAA's third round for the second straight season
Two unanswered Penn State goals courtesy of Gravatt and Minutillo send the Hawks home and the Lions onto the second round
PREVIEW: Nittany Lions host Hartwick Hawks in the opening round of the 48-team field, Thursday 7 p.m. on the Jeffrey Field pitch
Nittany Lions host Michigan State in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal match Sunday at Jeffrey Field at 1 p.m.
Senior forward Mikey Minutillo scores in the 81st minute, Nittany Lions earn first win over the Zips in a decade; Wolverton saves five shots for his ninth shutout of the year
2014 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER TO WATCH
BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK - (9/22/14)
PHILLY SOCCER NEWS PLAYER OF THE WEEK - (9/22/14)
2014: (Redshirt-Senior): Played in 20 matches, starting in 19 ... Logged 1,466 minutes out on the pitch ... Second on the team with eight goals and tied for second with four assists for a total of 20 points ... Took a team best 64 shots and was second in the Big Ten in that category ... Second on the team in game winning goals with three ... First score of the season came in a 3-0 win, Aug. 31 vs. St. John's ... Netted a pair of goals in another 3-0 win, this time vs. St. Francis (Sept. 16) ... Scored the first goal in a 6-2 rout of Penn (Sept. 24) ... Added another score against Bucknell (Oct. 1) ... Had back-to-back goal games vs. Northwestern (Nov. 2) and Akron (Nov. 5) ... Scored his first postseason goal in Penn State's 2-1 first round win of the NCAA Tournament vs. Hartwick (Nov. 20) ... Earned assists in wins against St. John's (Aug. 31), Ohio State (Sept. 21) and Michigan (Sept. 28) ... Was credited with an assist in 1-1 draw at James Madison (Sept. 8).
2013: Utilized redshirt season.
2012 (Junior): Appeared in 12 games, making 11 starts ... Totaled three points in 627 minutes ... Posted an assist in Penn State debut against Stetson ... Scored first PSU goal in 3-0 victory against Adelphi.
BEFORE PENN STATE
2011 (Sophomore - Virginia Tech): Played in and started all 19 games at forward or midfielder ... One of three Hokies to start every game ... Scored in the season-opener against Cincinnati at the Hilton Garden Hokie Invitational ... Finished second on the team with 24 shots.
2010 (Freshman - Virginia Tech): Played in 18 games, including 11 starts ... Led team in game-winning goals (2), was second on team in goals scored (5) and tied for second in points (11) ... Took 28 shots, 15 on goal ... Earned first career start against UAB ... Scored two goals, including the game-winner, in Tech's 4-2 victory over Alabama A&M ... Scored the game-winning goal in the Hokies' 1-0 shutout of American ... Scored first career goal in Tech's 7-2 win over Howard ... Assisted a goal in the match versus NC State in the ACC Tournament ... Named team Rookie of the Year.
High School/Club/ODP: Played for Bellarmine College Preparatory and the U.S. Soccer Academy ... Combined for 19 goals and 20 assists in his first two seasons at Bellarmine, before joining the U.S. Soccer Academy ... Led his team in goals and assists.
Personal: Michael Minutillo ... Born Nov. 23, 1991, in San Jose, Calif. ... Parents are Dan and Cathy Minutillo ... Has one brother, Danny, and two sisters, Kate and Gina ... Danny played soccer under Coach Warming at Creighton University ... Majoring in recreation park & tourism management.