Men’s Soccer Takes Down Bucknell 2-0
In front of a record crowd of 1,510 at Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium, the Penn State men’s soccer team took down in-state rival Bucknell 2-0 on Wednesday night in Lewisburg. The match was hyped as the “Game of the Week” on NSCAA.com, but turned out to be a dominant display by the Nittany Lions.
After dominating the first few minutes, Mikey Minutillo opened up the scoring for Penn State (9-0-1) after he gathered a 17th minute cross from Drew Klingenberg and put it in the upper corner to go up 1-0.
The Nittany Lions almost doubled the score in the 61st minute, when Owen Griffith slid and knocked one past Bison goalkeeper Clarke Fox, but the goal was waved off due to an offsides call. Despite not scoring, Griffith, a Lewisburg native playing in his hometown, was later named the NSCAA Man of the Match for his relentless hustle throughout the 90 minutes.
In the 87th minute, Brian James popped a Randy Falk pass over Fox to provide the final score and send the record crowd towards the gates.
Penn State owned the possession from the start, and was able to use more reserves than usual. Five different players were subbed into the game, and a total of 16 players earned playing time.
Goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton had six saves, acting as a brick wall in net against the Bison attack. Wolverton’s shutout would be his 30th shutout of his decorated career. The Penn State defensive side recorded its eighth clean sheet of the year.
The Nittany Lions stayed well ahead in the shots department, outshooting Bucknell 20-13 (10-6 shots on goal). Their display of domination speaks to the team’s recent success, as this win was the 10th straight for the surging Nittany Lions.
Head coach Bob Warming was pleased with his side’s effort, despite alluding to the fact that his team was fatigued. “They had little sleep, just like every other college student, and a test tonight on the field that they all got an A for their effort and determination,” Warming said. “So many good ideas in the first half — I love working with these guys.”
Next up for the No. 4 Nittany Lions will be a home matchup against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Jeffrey Field, which should be an exciting Big Ten matchup to watch.