Penn State Men's Soccer Topples Michigan 1-0 in Big Ten Opener
Ann Arbor, Mich., September 22, 2002 ¨C In the 73rd minute of action, sophomore Kenji Treschuk (Honolulu, HI) found the net on a corner kick from freshman Brian Devlin (Philadelphia, Pa.) to lead Penn State to a 1-0 shutout victory over Michigan in the Big Ten Conference opener. The win raises Penn State¡¯s overall mark to 5-3-0 (1-0 Big Ten) on the season while the Wolverines fell to 2-3-1 overall (0-1 Big Ten) in the loss.
After playing to a scoreless 0-0 tie at the intermission, the Nittany Lions broke the ice when after being awarded a corner kick. Devlin took the kick in the right corner and found Treschuck in the far corner of the box. With the ball in the air, Treschuk one touched the ball around Michigan defender, Trai Blanks, and deposited the feed past goalkeeper Joe Zawacki for the eventual game winner. The goal was the first of the season for Treschuk and second of his career, while Devlin notched his first career assist on the play.
In the waning moments of the game, it looked as though the Wolverines were going to send the contest to overtime when Michigan¡¯s Mychal Turpin beat a pair of Nittany Lion defenders. With just one Nittany Lion in his path, Turpin launched a shot from the 18-yard box but goalkeeper Ryan Moate (Lancaster, Pa.) made a diving save to preserve the win and shutout for Penn State.
Following today¡¯s victory, Penn State now owns a perfect 3-0 all-time mark against the Wolverines. After reeling off back-to-back wins over Akron and Michigan, the Nittany Lions will return to action on Friday, September 27, when they do battle with reigning Big Ten Conference champion Indiana. Action is set to kick-off at 7:30 p.m. (ET) at Jeffrey Field.
Shots: PSU (15) Michigan: (14) Corners: PSU (6) Michigan: (9) Penalties: PSU (21) Michigan: (19) Off Sides: PSU (0+0=0) Michigan: (0+1=1) Saves: PSU (3+1=4) Michigan: (0+0=0)
Cards: PSU, David Walters, 85:05 (yellow); U-M, Adam Bruh, 85:31 (yellow)