No. 8 Penn State Mení»s Soccer Team Defeats No. 25 Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (Sept. 24, 2004) - The 8th-ranked Penn State mení»s soccer team scored the first three goals of the game and held on for a nail-biting 3-2 victory over No. 25 Tulsa at the Golden Hurricane Classic in Tulsa, Okla.
The Nittany Lions have now won three straight games and they extended the nationí»s longest unbeaten streak to 10 games. Penn State (4-0-3) also won its first road game in two years. The Nittany Lions had not beaten a team on its own field since beating then-No. 24 Lehigh 1-0 on Nov. 5, 2002, in Bethlehem, Pa.
Penn State will face another tough test at 1 p.m. Sunday when it takes on No. 15 Southern Methodist, a 5-2 winner of Yale on Friday. The game can be heard live via Southern Methodistí»s broadcast. A link will be available at www.GoPSUsports.com.
Senior Chad Severs (Ocean City, N.J.) led the Nittany Lions with two goals. Junior Mike Lindemann (Yardley, Pa.) also scored and freshman goalkeeper Conrad Taylor (Colorado Springs, Colo.) stopped three shots.
Tulsa (3-2-1) goalkeeper Dominic Cervi made two big mistakes by coming out of his net, and Penn State made him pay for them.
Cervi came to the edge of the box and Lindemann tipped it over his head and into an empty net at 4 minutes, 43 seconds to give the Nittany Lions an early 1-0 lead.
The Golden Hurricane nearly tied the game several minutes later when Scott Kincaid shot just wide of the net, and an outstretched Taylor.
Severs took over the game with the next four shots of the game, two of them found the back of the net to give the Nittany Lions a commanding 3-0 lead.
Severs hit the crossbar on a shot at 31:29 and then scored his fourth goal of the season at 18:25 when he took a goal kick from Taylor and beat Cervi, who was coming out to play the ball, in another open net. The assist for Taylor was the first of his career.
Seversí» next goal came off some precision passing. Junior David Walters (Hunlock Creek, Pa.) started the play by feeding freshman Richard Costanzo (Jefferson Hills, Pa.) down the right flank. Costanzo dribbled to the end line and beat a defender before sending a perfect cross to Severs, who one-timed the pass into the left side of the net to make it 3-0 at 20:48.
Severs moved into 10th place on Penn Stateí»s all-time goals list, and 11th on the all-time career points list, with the two goals. He currently has 34 career goals and 81 career points.
However, the Golden Hurricane tamed the Penn State attack and got a goal from Ryan Pore at 32:51 to cut the Nittany Lionsí» lead to 3-1 going into halftime.
Penn State began to take over early in the second half, but it was Tulsa which capitalized first.
Pore scored again off a deflection by beating Taylor in the upper portion of the net from 10 yards out at 71:17 to cut Penn Stateí»s lead to 3-2.
The Golden Hurricane nearly tied the game two minutes later when Pore released a shot from seven yards out that Taylor made a nice diving save on to keep it 3-2.
Tulsa got its last big chance with 5:33 remaining in the game. Matt Wiley found himself wide open and with the ball at his feet on a breakaway. Taylor came out of his net and Wiley released a shot just out of his reach, but the ball bounced off the outside of the net.
# 8 Penn State 3 0 - 3 # 25 Tulsa 1 1 - 2 1st half scoring 1. Mike Lindemann, PSU, (David Walters) 4:43; 2. Chad Severs, PSU, (Conrad Taylor) 18:25; 3. Chad Severs, PSU, (Richard Costanzo, David Walters) 20:48; 4. Ryan Pore, TU, (Brian Bixby) 32:51. 2nd half scoring 5. Ryan Pore, TU, (unassisted) 71:17. Shots: PSU 11; TU 17. Saves: PSU 3 (Conrad Taylor); TU 2 (Dominic Cervi). Corners: PSU 6; TU 6. Fouls: PSU 7; TU 13. Records: PSU 4-0-3; TU 3-2-1. Next game: #8 Penn State vs. #15 Southern Methodist, 1 p.m. Sunday.