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Oct. 9, 2015
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State men’s soccer team fell, 4-3, in a one-goal heartbreaker to No. 25 Maryland in a Big Ten Conference match Friday, Oct. 9.
The Blue and White fall to 5-4-2 overall on the season and 2-2-1 in B1G play, while the Terrapins improve to 6-3-3 overall and 2-1-2 in conference play.
“I think that we have a lot of things to build on," commented Head Coach Bob Warming. "All of our guys felt that we played as well as we have all year and we don’t accept any moral victories but we know how we can play against one of the most talented teams out there."
Junior Connor Maloney (Harrisburg, Pa.) notched a season-best two goals, while Drew Klingenberg (Gibsonia, Pa.) netted his first goal of the 2015 season and the fourth of his career for the Nittany Lions. As a team, Penn State had a season-high 18 shots, 10 of which landed on goal.
Maryland’s George Campbell not only scored his first goal of the 2015 season, but also recorded a hat trick, scoring the Terrapins final three goals of the match. Tsubasa Endoh had four shots, three of which were on goal. UMD had 14 shots, nine on goal, while Cody Niedermeier made seven saves.
Penn State had its offense going early when a corner kick led to back-to-back shots for the Nittany Lions. The Blue and White put its third shot on net within the first 15 minutes when Klingenberg took a shot inside the 18-yard box from the left side.
The Nittany Lions continued their aggressive offense when Klingenberg led an attack down the field to start the 17th-minute of the match. The senior squared up in the middle of the box before shooting past a group of Maryland defenders. The ball found it’s way into the back of the net to give Penn State the 1-0 lead over the Terrapins in the 18th-minute of the first half.
The Blue and White tacked on their second goal of the match when the brotherly duo, Austin Maloney (Harrisburg, Pa.) and C. Maloney teamed up for the Nittany Lions. A. Maloney found the foot of his brother on a cross and C. Maloney drove the ball past Niedermeier to extend the Penn State lead to 2-0 in the 29th-minute of the match.
Maryland answered back when it found itself in a 2-on-1 situation in the Penn State backfield. Sebastian Elney passed the ball up to a striking Endoh, who found the lower right corner of the net past a diving Matt Bersano (Tempe, Ariz.).
With eight seconds left in the first half, the Terrapins earned a corner kick from the right side of the field. Jorge Calix used a high ball into the center of a mix of players inside the box, finding the head of George Campbell. Campbell headed the ball into the net to knot the score at 2-2 with three seconds left in the first half.
Penn State and Maryland took a 2-2 tie into the locker room with the Nittany Lions taking a season-high five shots on goal in the opening 45 minutes of the match. C. Maloney led PSU with two shots on net and one goal, while Klingenberg notched his first goal of 2015 and fourth of his career donning the Blue and White.
Maryland scored two goals on three shots on goal, including the game-tying goal in the final three second of the first half. Niedermeier made three saves for the Terrapins in the first half, including back-to-back attempts from the Nittany Lions.
Campbell added the go-ahead goal for Maryland in the 56th-minute of the match when he dribbled the ball to the top of the box and ripped his second goal of the match into the lower right corner of the net. The sophomore recorded his third goal of the season and the hat trick just two minutes later when he brought the ball down the field and pulled up for a shot from 20-yards out. Campbell launched the ball into the upper left corner to extend the Terrapin lead to 4-2.
A Maryland foul proved to be costly for the Terrapins in the 64th-minute when Brian James (Sunrise, Fla.) took a free kick from the right side of the net. The kick found the foot of Maloney for his second goal of the contest and fifth of the 2015 season to bring Penn State within on of UDM.
With just over three minutes left, Brennan Ireland (Annapolis, Md.) worked passed two defenders before crossing the ball to Mason Klerks (Corona, Calif), who just missed the net with a header. The Nittany Lions continued belt shots at the net in the final minutes of the match, but were unable to get one past Niedermeier, falling 4-3.
The Nittany Lions will be back in action Tuesday, Oct. 13 when they head to West Virginia for a mid-week non-conference match against the Mountaineers. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Dick Diesk Soccer Stadium.