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Aug. 27, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's soccer team continued its offensive success Monday night against Hartford, downing the Hawks, 3-2, at a rain-soaked Jeffrey Field. For the second-consecutive game, Julian Cardona (Lincoln, Neb.) tallied a pair of goals while Owen Griffith (Lewisburg, Pa.) sent home the game-winning tally to help improve the Nittany Lions' record to 2-0-0 and drop the Hawks to 0-2-0.
The Lions continue their 2012 campaign with an 8 p.m. showdown at home with Duquesne Friday.
"I couldn't be more proud of the guys coming in and playing like they did in the second half," Bob Warming, Penn State head coach, said. "That was a pretty tough half."
Penn State held the advantage in shots, 14-8, while the Hawks led in corner kicks, 6-3. Nittany Lion goalkeeper Emmanuel Martin (Cormontreuil, France) stopped a pair of shots on the way to his second win of the season.
Cardona opened the scoring for the Lions in the 20th minute, sending a laser from the top of the penalty area past Hartford's Ville-Valtteri Tuumi off a leading pass from Minh Vu (Tuscon, Ariz.) to give the home team the 1-0 advantage. The Hawks wasted little time in answering the goal, however, as Hartford's David Bernhardsson leveled the contest at one apiece after driving a ball through the Nittany Lion defense and connecting on a 10-yard shot from left of the goal in the 28th minute.
The Nittany Lions exchanged plenty of neutral play with the Hawks early in the second half before Vu drew a foul nine yards from the goal to give Penn State a penalty kick opportunity just five seconds into the 81st minute. Cardona squared a shot into the right corner of the net to convert the kick and regain the lead, 2-1. With the goal, Cardona tied his season total (4) from 2011.
Three minutes later, the Nittany Lions added another tally to the scoreboard as Griffith beat Tuumi on a shot from right of the goal, his first of the season. Griffith received a pass into the box from Daniel Burnham (Boise, Idaho) on the right wing before scoring the gamewinner.
The Hawks recorded their second goal of the night in the 90th minute as Javoni Simms was able to sneak a shot past Martin. Hartford regained control quickly after the reset, but Bernhardsson's game-tying attempt sailed left of the post to secure the win for Penn State.