STATE COLLEGE, Pa.--The Penn men's soccer team scored in the 81st minute to push overtime against Penn State, Wednesday in Happy Valley. But PSU scored with 37 seconds left in the second overtime for the win.
Reviving an old rivalry, the Penn men’s soccer team met Penn State in State College, Pa., 10 years after the last meeting.
In the first, both teams had some chances, but neither was able to gain an advantage and split scoreless at the half.
After the break, the Nittany Lions came out fast and their leading scorer, Jason Yeisley put one past Penn’s keeper, Drew Healy in the 48th minute. The Quakers were just as fast responding with an equalizer in the 52nd minute. Juniors Andrew Ferry and Richard Frank combined for the tally. Frank sent the ball to the box for Ferry to challenge. PSU’s keeper, Conrad Taylor misplayed it and Ferry was able to tap it in for his first goal of the season.
“What goes around comes around” was true when the Penn State attack was able to lure Healy out of the goal and get the ball around him for Treavor Gelsinger to escort in.
The Red and Blue subbed in newcomer Loukas Tasigianis late in the game who provided a spark for the team and threatened the Lions’ defense. On a dangerous run, Tasigianis was taken down just outside the box. Senior Keith Vereb took the free kick from the right side, bent it around the wall of defenders and hooked it into the left side of the goal at 81:05.
Once again tying the game, this time with just nine minutes left to play in regulation, both teams were fighting to stave off the extra minutes.
The clock wound down and the Quakers kicked off in their third consecutive overtime match. It was the second straight overtime match for PSU.
PSU came out firing and sent two shots just wide of the goal and put two on goal, both of which were snatched by Healy. He made six saves on the night.
Penn took some runs at the goal, but had no shots in the first overtime.
Just over five minutes into the second overtime, Penn misplayed the ball in transition from its attacking third to the midfield. PSU got the ball and was all alone at midfield heading toward the goal. Healy came out to meet the attack and with no options left, came out of the box to make the tackle. He was issued a red card, ejecting him from the remaining minutes. Sophomore Kevin Sweetland came in to defend Penn’s goal.
With 37 seconds left in the match, Yeisley headed the ball to the upper left corner, just out of Sweetland’s reach sealing the win for the Lions.
The Quakers return back to Philadelphia for a City Line rumble, Saturday at Saint Joseph’s. Match time is set for 7 p.m.