PHILADELPHIA--It was 10 years ago, to the day, that Penn last met Penn State in men’s soccer. Wednesday, the Quakers make the trek to State College, Pa. for the teams’ 27th outing. Match time is set for 7 p.m.
On Sept. 26, 1997, the Red and Blue held the Blue and White to one goal, but were shut out on the other end. It was a year before current head coach Rudy Fuller took the reins of Penn’s program and the current players were in middle school.
This season, the Quakers have gotten most of their points from junior Alex Grendi and Kevin Unger. Senior tri-captain Derek Hobson has also scored once and been robbed of at least two more by crafty goalkeepers.
Penn keeper Drew Healy has provided similar frustration for the opposition with 22 saves in five starts and a 1.10 goals-against average. Penn’s backline has held strong allowing just six goals in the last 490 minutes.
Both teams enter the match after tie decisions over the weekend. Penn played to a 1-1 tie against Philadelphia Soccer Seven foe, La Salle while the Lions opened the Big Ten season with a 2-2 tie at Michigan State.
John Yeisley scored both goals for PSU and leads the team in goals (4), points (10) shots (20) and shots on goal (9). The junior suffered knee and foot injuries in 2006, but looks to be back to the form that earned him All-Big Ten honors in 2005.
In goal, Conrad Taylor has spent 6,793 consecutive minute (71 games) and registered 22 shutouts in that time. This season, the senior has one clean sheet and 25 saves.
Fans can follow the mid-week match-up in a number of ways. On PennAthletics.com, Athletic Communications will again provide in-game play-by-play. The Nittany Lions website, www.goPSUsports.com, will feature live stats and live audio and video in the first-ever webcast from Jeffrey Field. Penn State’s Loren Crispell will provide play-by-play. Click herelaunch the webcast.