Nittany Lions Knock Off Indiana, 2-0
Oct. 6, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Jordan Tyler (Rochester, Mich.) and Owen Griffith (York, Pa.) tallied first-half goals and Andrew Wolverton (Atlanta, Ga.) made five critical saves in Penn State's historic 2-0 win at Indiana. Penn State (7-3-1, 2-0-0 Big Ten) posted its first shutout at Armstrong Stadium in program history and first victory in Bloomington since 2005.
"I am so proud of the team," Bob Warming, Penn State's head coach said afterward. "We had two terrific and composed goals and a big-time penalty kick save by Wolverton. (Indiana's) front six are as good as there is in college soccer. Our guys bent, but did not break in the second half. I can't wait for homecoming and another great Big Ten match against Michigan."
In the 14th minute, Grant Warming (Omaha, Neb.) toe-poked a pass to the right wing and Connor Maloney (Harrisburg, Pa.). Maloney was able to race to the end line and get his cross to the top of the six-yard area as Tyler slotted it home past IU goalkeeper Michael Soderlung (three saves). The goal was Tyler's second of the season, while Warming and Maloney picked up their first and fourth assists of the season, respectively.
Warming was again in the midst of Penn State's offense 10 minutes later as he sent a pass off an Indiana defender to Griffith, who one touched to his right foot and lofted an 18-yard shot into the upper right corner of the goal for a 2-0 lead. The two-assist game was the first for Warming in his career for the Blue and White.
Griffith's first goal of the year provided Penn State's first two-goal game against the Hoosiers since a 2-1 win in the 2010 Big Ten Tournament at Jeffrey Field. That game also represented the last time PSU defeated Indiana as the series now stands at 12-29-1 all-time in favor of IU.
Indiana (4-6-1, 1-1-0 Big Ten) nearly cut the lead in half in the 44th minute when a long buildup led to a point-blank chance for Patrick Doody, but Wolverton was there for his third save of the day. Play was even throughout the first half with Indiana holding a 7-6 edge in shots and Penn State taking four of the game's first five corner kicks.
The second half belonged to Indiana, however, as the Hoosiers pressed to cut into the lead. Indiana's Tommy Thompson went down in the penalty area and would take the ensuing 56th-minute penalty kick. Wolverton was there for the stop, diving to his left and kicking away the potential Hoosier tally.
In the 69th minute, Indiana again looked for its first goal of the day, but AJ Corrado's shot from 20 yards out was deftly pushed aside from a sprawling Wolverton. The shutout was Wolverton's fifth of the season and 20th of his career.
The Hoosiers would ultimately out-shoot Penn State 11-1 in the second half but couldn't reach the back of the net. Indiana was shutout for just the third time this season and for the second time in the past two matches.
For the match, Indiana held an 18-7 margin in shots and a 7-5 edge in corner kicks.
The Nittany Lions faced tough conditions on Sunday following a 10-hour bus ride from State College to Bloomington due to cancelled flights and rough weather on Saturday. Overnight, almost four inches of rain fell in central Indiana as Jerry Yeagley Field at Armstrong Stadium creating soggy and sloppy conditions on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
Penn State returns to the pitch on Friday when Michigan visits on Homecoming Weekend. The match at Jeffrey Field will begin at 8 p.m. following the Homecoming Parade. Admission and parking is free.