Penn State Scores Late to Edge Bison 2-1 in Men's Soccer
Oct. 17, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Just 48 seconds after Bucknell freshman Jesse Klug was robbed on a breakaway, Penn State's Marvin Ledgister scored at the other end with 2:47 remaining in the game to lift the Nittany Lions to a 2-1 victory Wednesday night at Jeffrey Field. Senior defender Collin Costello scored his first collegiate goal on a penalty kick for the Bison, who fell to 5-5-4 on the season.
Bucknell had been 2-1-1 in its last four meetings with Penn State (8-4-2), including victories in each of its last two trips to State College. But the Nittany Lions struck first in this one just 21:50 into the match, as John Gallagher dribbled along the 18 from the right side and slotted a right-footed shot into the bottom right corner.
Bucknell's first good chance came in the 30th minute when Brendan Burgdorf found Jesse Klug alone on the right side of the box, but Klug's far-post attempt went barely wide. Only 80 seconds later the Bison had the equalizer.
Again it was Klug on the right side, this time chipping a pass into the center of the box. Fellow freshman Patrick Figgie, who made his first collegiate start, went up for a header and was sideswiped by a defender, taking his legs out from under him. The referee awarded a penalty, and Costello ripped the shot into the left side netting to tie the game at 1-1.
After Penn State had the better of play early, Bucknell settled in a bit after getting the equalizer. Freshman goalkeeper Mike Lansing kept it a 1-1 game when he stoned Hasani Sinclair on a breakaway with 3:33 left in the half.
Lansing had to make another tricky save in the 69th minute when he tipped a Mikey Minutillo shot off the crossbar, and then the Bison warded off a pair of Penn State corner kicks.
Nittany Lions keeper Andrew Wolverton returned the favor with 20 minutes to play, deflecting a John Miller shot over the bar. Wolverton's biggest save of the night was a game-saver for Penn State in the 87th minute. Costello took the ball away in the back and found Jonathan Grad at midfield. Grad lobbed a ball over the defense and Klug made a great first touch to pull the ball out of the air and get himself in on goal. But Klug's low shot was kicked away by Wolverton, and the rebound was cleared out of the box.
Relieved to still be tied, the Nittany Lions came right back the other way and found the game-winner. Ledgister played a pass to Drew Klingenberg wide on the left side. Klingenberg dribbled to the end line and sent in a left-footed cross, where a cutting Ledgister was able to one-time it home.
"We played a very quality opponent tonight and used a lot of our depth," said coach Brendan Nash afterward. "We got a good look at some different things heading into a big Patriot League game on Saturday night. We are disappointed with the result, but we can walk away from this with a lot of useful information."
Only three Bison -- midfielders Joe Meyer and Chris Thorsheim and defender Mayowa Alli -- were used for all 90 minutes. All five reserves played at least 18 minutes. Alli had a terrific game in the back, breaking up a number of situations against Penn State's speedy attack.
Lansing was credited with five saves, while Wolverton had three. Penn State finished with a 24-9 edge in shots and a 12-4 lead in corner kicks. The Nittany Lions became the first team this season to score twice in regulation against Bucknell. The only other time the Bison allowed more than one goal this year was in a 2-1 overtime loss at Florida Gulf Coast back on Sept. 2.
Bucknell gets back into Patriot League play on Saturday, when Army comes to Emmitt Field for a 7 p.m. start. That contest will air live on Bison Vision.