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Oct. 28, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - In the highest-scoring Big Ten match of the season, Penn State men's soccer finished with a 4-4 tie against Ohio State on Senior Day Sunday afternoon. The teams battled through cold and damp weather to generate an offensive explosion at Jeffrey Field, netting a combined eight goals on 18 shots on goal.
Fittingly for Senior Day, seniors accounted for all four Penn State goals as Daniel Burnham (Boise, Idaho), Marvin Ledgister (London, England), Julian Cardona (Lincoln, Neb.) and Daniel Parr (Hummelstown, Pa.) netted the scores. Parr's goal was the first of his Nittany Lion career, while Cardona moved his career high to six goals this season. Seniors Hasani Sinclair (Coral Gables, Fla.) and John Gallagher (Pine Bush, N.Y.) recorded assists, as well.
The Nittany Lions wrap up the regular season Wednesday night against Penn in Philadelphia. The team then begins preparation for the Big Ten tournament in Evanston, Ill., which runs from Nov. 7-11.
The game began with two Penn State seniors hooking up for an early goal. Burnham headed in a corner kick from Gallagher exactly nine minutes into the first half to put the Nittany Lions up, 1-0. The Buckeyes quickly responded four and a half minutes later with a goal from second-year forward Kenny Cunningham into the back of the net from seven yards out.
Penn State followed up with three back-to-back shots on goal, all saved by Ohio State keeper, Alex Wimmer. The Buckeyes converted the defensive momentum into offensive production when sophomore Brady Wahl cleared the ball to senior Chris Hegngi for a goal to take a 2-1 lead in the 25th minute.
After a Penn State corner kick rebounded off the post, the Nittany Lions quickly tied up the game, 2-2, in the 29th minute with a goal from Ledgister off an assist from Sinclair from the right edge of the 18-yard box.
After some back-and-forth play to open the second frame, Penn State recorded a pair of close shots on goal, both saved by Wimmer. Twenty minutes into the half, Cardona beat Wimmer in a race to a through ball from Owen Griffith and used a shifty step to the left to escape the Buckeye keeper and easily put the ball in the open goal, giving Penn State a 3-2 advantage.
Penn State continued this momentum with another goal in the 72nd minute. Gallagher put a corner into the box and after some shuffle near the goal, Parr headed it in to extend the Lion lead to 4-2.
The Buckeyes rallied back with a 23-yard, unassisted goal from freshman forward Louie Berra with just over eight minutes remaining, followed by a Penn State own goal off an Ohio State throw-in to the box just under six minutes later.
Neither team generated much offense in the two overtime periods until Sinclair forced Wimmer to make a diving save with just over a minute remaining in the game.