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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (Aug. 24, 2004) - The Penn State men's soccer team hung tough with the Palmeiras Pro B team, but finally dropped a 4-2 decision Tuesday during the team's training trip to Brazil.
As the Nittany Lions were trailing 3-2 and trying to push up the field for the equalizer, Palmeiras broke through the defense and scored on a breakaway with one minute remaining to clinch the victory.
"Penn State should have won the game," said Penn State head coach Barry Gorman. "We had a lot of quality chances and a lot of quality play from our players. Penn State played a very quality Palmeiras team, but we should have gotten at least a result for the game."
Senior Joe Zewe (North Versailles, Pa.) put the Nittany Lions on top with the first goal of the game midway through the first half. But Palmeiras scored two unanswered goals, including one off a free kick, to take a 2-1 lead into the break.
However, senior all-America candidate Chad Severs (Ocean City, N.J.) scored his first goal of the preseason off a pass from freshman Richard Costanzo (Jefferson Hills, Pa.) to tie the game at 2-2 just 15 minutes into the second half.
Palmeiras took a 3-2 lead and Penn State pressured, but Palmeiras put it out of reach on the breakaway late in the game.
The Nittany Lions dropped to 1-2-1 on the trip to Brazil. They have three games remaining, including a game versus Guarani F.C. at 4 p.m. Wednesday, at Brinco de Ouro Stadium. For more information on Penn State men's soccer, please visit our official athletics website at www.GoPSUsports.com.