Men’s Soccer Loses 3-2 In Overtime To No. 4 Maryland
Penn State (3-3-1, 1-1 Big Ten) traveled to College Park Sunday to play the Terrapins. No. 4 Maryland (5-0-2, 2-0-1 Big Ten) came into the game undefeated, but hadn’t won in regulation since an early September showdown with unranked South Florida. The Nittany Lions hoped to build on their win over Ohio State in the Big Ten opener, but couldn’t hold onto a lead twice in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Terrapins.
How It Happened
The first half of play didn’t feature much action for Penn State, but the Terrapins had no trouble plowing forward. Goalkeeper Arie Ammann and Penn State’s defense held firm though, getting to halftime tied 0-0 despite getting out shot 4-0.
Penn State started out the second half strong with a goal in the 57th minute. The Nittany Lions countered from their own end of the field quickly with a long ball sent forward to Dayonn Harris. Harris was in yards of space when he received and cut towards the middle on a breakaway. Unfazed by the onrushing defender, Harris took a touch to his right and slipped the shot far post past the keeper.
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Maryland equalized 13 minutes later on a penalty kick, but Penn State regained the advantage shortly after that. Harris was sent in behind the defense once again and buried the shot from about 10 yards out to give Penn State a 2-1 lead.
The Nittany Lions were just a couple minutes from pulling off a major upset on the road, but Maryland was awarded another penalty kick. Gordon Wild stepped up to tie the score 2-2 with just six minutes remaining in the game.
The game headed to overtime and it didn’t take long for the Terrapins to seal the win. In the 96th minute, D.J. Reeves crossed to Wild in the middle of the box and he finished with ease to avoid the upset 3-2.
Player Of The Game
Dayonn Harris | Forward | Sophomore
Harris hadn’t found the back of the net in the first six games of the season, but was always an active force up top. He finally broke through today, scoring twice, and came close to helping the Nittany Lions upset Maryland.
The Nittany Lions will return to Happy Valley on Friday to play Wisconsin. The game is part of a doubleheader with women’s soccer and will start at 5:30 p.m. with the men’s game.