Connor Maloney Powers Men’s Soccer Past UPenn
Penn State traveled to Philly for a mid-week matchup with the University of Pennsylvania and came away with a convincing 2-0 win. The Nittany Lions move to 4-1-2 on the year, thanks to more solid goaltending from Matt Bersano and goal-scoring from Connor Maloney.
How It Happened
Penn State came out firing against the Quakers, and were awarded a penalty kick in the second minute. Connor Maloney didn’t convert on that play, but followed it up and scored his second goal of the season to put his team ahead early. In the 16th minute, Maloney scored again to double the lead. That ended scoring for the half, but not without more opportunities to do so. Maloney had a quiet first few games this season after a dominant 2014 campaign. He seemed to find his form as he was responsible for all four of Penn State’s shots on goal in the first half, and both of its goals.
The second half was marginally less exciting. The Nittany Lions ended up outshooting Penn in the half 1-0, thanks to Austin Maloney. Bersano finished off a one-save shutout, the Lions won their first road game of the season, and the Maloney brothers tallied all of their team’s offense.
Player Of The Game
Connor Maloney. Duh. The junior and reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year showed up in a big way in this game, and if he can keep that play going, the Nittany Lions’ offense will be very threatening as Big Ten play is right around the corner.
Mark your calendars: Michigan is coming to town this Sunday for a 2 p.m. matchup at Jeffrey Field.