PHILADELPHIA -- The Quakers' momentum after capturing the Penn Soccer Classic title was put to a halt last Wednesday by the Temple Owls. The game was deadlocked at 1-1 until the Owls scored with just 55 seconds remaining in the second overtime. Penn looks to put the defeat behind them and face off against Penn State Wednesday in Happy Valley. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Even with the 2-1 loss, Penn did outshoot Temple 17-7 overall. The lone goal was by junior Tobi Olopade, who has scored in the last three outings and has had a point in the last five.
On the other side of the ball, the Quakers have been keeping the opposition at bay. The defense has held their opponents to less than 10 shots in the past four games, including only six shots total in their two shutout victories at the Penn Soccer Classic. Junior goalkeeper Ben Berg holds a 1.18 goals-against average.
Berg and the defense will face Penn State's dangerous front pair Corey Hertzog and Jason Yeisley. After knocking off No. 22 Michigan over the weekend, and a tally against Lehigh last week, Hertzog was named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Week.
The last time the Quakers ventured to State College, Yeisley was the engine behind PSU's victory with two goals, including the winner with just 37 seconds left in double overtime. Last season however, Penn avenged the loss with a commanding 3-0 shutout at Rhodes Field. Still, the Nittany Lions hold a 19-6-3 advantage in the all-time series.
The Nittany Lions have been formidable at home with a 4-0-1 record at Jeffrey Field this season, allowing just two goals during that stretch.
Fans can follow all of the action of the Penn State-Penn match-up on the Internet with live stats or with a live audio and video webcast on Penn State All Access (subscriptions fees apply). Find links on the official website of Nittany Lion athletics, www.GoPSUsports.com.
Be sure to catch the live in-game blog updates provided by Penn Athletic Communications Associate Director Jen Werner during the game.