Men’s Soccer Draw Ohio State 1-1 in Double Overtime

Men’s Soccer Draw Ohio State 1-1 in Double Overtime

The Penn State Men’s Soccer Team, currently ranked no. 13 in the country, took on the Buckeyes Sunday, September 20th in Ohio and played to a 1-1 draw in double overtime. Redshirt-sophomore Sam Bollinger scored the lone goal for the Nittany Lions in the 56th minute to move the team to a 3-1-2 record overall and 1-0-1 in Big Ten Conference Play.

Sunday’s match can best be described as a tough and aggressive game, full of fouls and disciplinary action. For the Nittany Lions, five yellow cards were handed out while the Buckeyes were served four yellow cards and a red card in 110 minutes of play.

Ohio State scored early in the game, with a goal by Kenny Cunningham. Cunningham scored off of a pass from freshman Abdi Mohamed after Mohamed dribbled past three Penn State defenders and put the ball nicely in the box for Cunningham to finish. The Buckeyes would finish the game with 23 shots, eight of them on goal.

The second half proved to be promising for the Nittany Lions. In the opening minutes of the half, Penn State earned a shot on goal and an early corner kick. Brian James took the corner kick for the Lions and Sam Bollinger got to the end of the pass and sent the ball past the goalkeeper to equalize the game in the 57th minute. Penn State got 18 shots on goal throughout the game with four of them on goal.

For the rest of the match, both teams played a physical game with plenty of good chances to grab the go-ahead goal. The Buckeyes would have the final chance of the game with a shot in the 109th minute, but Matt Bersano (named student athlete of the week), made a quick save to keep the game level at 1 each.

The Nittany Lions are back on the road Wednesday, September 23rd as they travel to Philadelphia to take on the University of Pennsylvania at 7 p.m. Penn State returns home Sunday to take on Michigan at 2 p.m.