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No. 9 Nittany Lions Earn 2-1 Win at Penn

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Oct. 29, 2013

Box Score

(11-3-1, 5-0-0 Big Ten)

  1st 2nd Final
PSU 0 2 2
PENN 0 1 1

Box Score

Philadelphia, Pa. • Rhodes Field • Attendance: 502

(6-7-1, 3-0-1 Ivy)

PHILADELPHIA - No. 9 Penn State men's soccer negotiated a difficult non-conference match at Penn on Tuesday night by defeating the Quakers 2-1 at Rhodes Field. Shane Campbell (York, Pa.) tapped home a rebound in the 84th minute to propel the Nittany Lions to victory.

"This one was a battle," Head coach Bob Warming said. "But the goals and win were beautiful. This group finds a way. They're incredible."

In a 1-1 game where the momentum seemed to swing Penn's way, it was the Penn State (11-3-1, 5-0-0 Big Ten) who struck the game-winning goal. Mason Klerks (Conora, Calif.) uncorked a right-footed blast from 23 yards out that seemed destined for the left-side netting. Penn's Tyler Kinn saved the initial shot as Campbell pounced on the loose ball and sent it home for the game-winner.

Earlier in the second half, the Nittany Lions used a 62nd-minute Eli Dennis (Easton, Md.) goal assisted by Connor Maloney (Harrisburg, Pa.) to take the lead, but Penn equalized nine minutes later.

Maloney's exploits on the right wing were numerous and dangerous throughout the second half, it seemed as only a matter of time before one of his crosses would find a blue shirt for a goal.

In the 62nd minute, Maloney collected a cross and dashed to the penalty area, beating his defender in the process. The freshman midfielder sent a quick pass across the area to a rushing Dennis whose one-timer from 10 yards found the upper right part of the net for the 1-0 lead.

Penn (6-7-1, 3-0-1 Ivy League) fought back in the 71st minute as Alex Reddy served a point-perfect cross to Alex Neumann, whose header found the back of the net. Penn entered the match on a five-match unbeaten streak (4-0-1).

In the 75th minute, Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Jordan Tyler (Rochester, Mich.) nearly put Penn State ahead as he trapped a cross eight yards out and turned for a shot that was pushed aside by Kinn.

An entertaining opening 45 minutes saw multiple chances from each side, which subbed regularly during the non-conference clash. Penn's best opportunity came in the 11th minute when Sam Hayward's counterattack down the left wing went wide right of net. The assist was Maloney's team-leading seventh of the season.

For the Nittany Lions, Drew Klingenberg's (Gibsonia, Pa.) blast from 17 yards out was tipped over the crossbar by Kinn in the 26th minute. Shots favored Penn State 7-6 with five finding Kinn, while just one Quaker shot made it to netminder Andrew Wolverton (Atlanta, Ga.). Penn State led in corners, 2-1, and fouls were even at five.

Wolverton saved a total of five shots in the game, while Kinn collected eight Nittany Lion attempts. Penn State held a 10-6 overall edge in shots on goal with Penn leading 15-14 in total shots attempted. The Quakers were the aggressors, committing 17 fouls to PSU's 12.

The Nittany Lions are now 9-1-1 in their past 11 matches dating back to a Sept. 13 tie against then-No. 5 Cal. The Golden Bears sit atop the NSCAA rankings this week. Penn State also won its third straight 2-1 victory and fourth road match in succession.

The Nittany Lions continue their three game road stretch with their final Big Ten regular-season contest against Ohio State on Saturday. Opening tap from Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium is slated for 7 p.m.




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