Men’s Soccer Falls to SFU

Men’s Soccer Falls to SFU

Penn State Men’s Soccer was back at home this past weekend as they took on in-state opponent Saint Francis University to suffer their first home lost in the 2016 season.

Saint Francis got an early lead against the Lions in the 22nd minute after Saint Francis player Troye Kiernan was able to find the net past Penn State freshman goalkeeper Arie Ammann. Minutes later, Saint Francis scored again and the Lions headed into the locker room down 2-0 despite a few late shots that were saved by Saint Francis’ keeper.

Penn State started to contain the Red Flash early in the second half and found a few good shots on goal but their efforts weren’t enough as the Saint Francis goalkeeper Marcus Rojas was able to save them. In the 82nd minute, Saint Francis was able to extend their lead again, scoring their third goal of the night as Kiernan scored again.

The Lions were able to grab an 89th minute goal from freshman Christian Sload as Sload scored his first-ever goal in his college career. In addition to the goal, Penn state had three shots on goal from players including Connor Maloney and Aymar sigue.

A lot of credit to Saint Francis, really well played by so many of their players,” stated Bob Warming in a post game interview. “So much fight, great competition, and when they wanted they expanded quickly. All the things you want to see in a good team they really did it tonight. On our side of the ball, when your best players don't complete any passes, some of our best players completed three or four passes in the night, you’re not going to have a good night. I give a lot of credit to Saint Francis great job by them. The left-centerback, there’s a reason he’s an all-American, he did a great job at organizing the back line the whole time.”

Penn State is back at it again on Tuesday night against Big Ten opponent Ohio State during the Fourth Annual Mack Brady Game. Kickoff is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Jeffrey Field.