Men’s Soccer Defeats West Virginia In Close Match
The men’s soccer team played West Virginia last night on the road, pulling off a comeback 2-1 win while facing the Mountaineers in Morgantown for the first time in 24 years. The two teams met last year at Penn State, which resulted in a 0-0 tie.
Penn State had a 275-minute shutout streak going until the ninth minute of Wednesday’s game when West Virginia scored from 18 yards out. Just three minutes later, Penn State answered when Shane Campbell scored his first collegiate goal off a pass from Connor Maloney to tie it up.
Despite the early scoring, the rest of the first half was quiet for both teams except for a shot from West Virginia in the 26th minute. A corner kick for each team early in the second half did not generate scores either. Around the 60th minute, West Virginia had some momentum on offense but came away empty, leaving the Nittany Lions in the game.
Coming off of a season-ending ACL tear in practice last year, Jordan Tyler gave Penn State the go-ahead goal off a header in the 71st minute of last night’s game after Grant Warming crossed the ball across the front of the goal. It was Tyler’s first score in over two years.
West Virginia had one last scoring opportunity in the 82nd minute but goaltender Andrew Wolverton made a diving save to quite literally save the day.
The game was Penn State’s first multi-goal performance of the season and first road win. The Nittany Lions men’s soccer team starts Big Ten play at home against Wisconsin on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.