Men’s Soccer Defeats the Buckeyes in Big Ten Opener

Men’s Soccer Defeats the Buckeyes in Big Ten Opener

It was a goal fest at Jeffrey Field Tuesday night as Penn State took on the Ohio State Buckeyes in their first game of Big Ten play this season. Penn State scored a statement four goals in the first half, including one in the first minute to earn a 4-2 win on Mack Brady night, the Annual game played in honor of Mack Brady, son of former Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady. With the win, Penn State has remained undefeated in all Mack Brady Matches.

Mason Clerks scored the first goal for the Lions then added another in the 26th minute with both goals assisted by senior forward Connor Maloney. Maloney got his taste of action in the 28th minute, as the striker scored a penalty kick and then added a third assist on Penn State’s fourth goal of the night, scored by junior Aymar Sigue.

While Penn State had a dominating first half, including a penalty save from goalkeeper Arie Ammann, Ohio State started to look dangerous in the second half. The Buckeyes scored a goal in the 65th minute by Austin Bergstrom on a penalty kick and OSU added another goal three minutes later from Abdi Mohamed. The Nittany Lions were able to settle down after the second Buckeye goal and earn their third victory of the season. With the win, Penn State improves to 3-2-1 overall.

“We’ve had three great focused days,” said head coach Bob Warming after the match. “The first thing when a team plays poorly-and it was really the team that played poorly in the last match-is everybody kind of has to have their say. We did that immediately after the match, and the practice the next day and the next day and the next day were just outstanding, absolutely outstanding. I’m really proud of them. Bad things happen. That’s how you respond, and they responded really well.”

Penn State is back in action Sunday as they head south to take on No. 4 University of Maryland at 5 p.m. in College Park, Md.