Men’s Soccer Shuts out Loyola Marymount, 3-0
For the mid-week game, Coach Bob Warming switched it up a bit defensively. Evan Finney, a junior goalkeeper from California got the start for the Lions in place of the usual starter Matt Bersano. Finney had a stellar performance in goal, making five great saves as well as preserving the shutout.
Coach Warming had nothing but great things to say about Finney’s first start of the year. “It was a fantastic performance. When Andrew Wolverton got ejected from the game at James Madison a year ago, Finney came in and two minutes later saved a penalty kick. Of course Wolverton was out for the match so we go to Indiana who is ranked No.4 in the country, packed house, and had a shutout for us. Tonight’s performance was just fantastic, but it is not something he has not done.”
From opening kick, Penn State dominated the game, getting a few shots on goal in the early minutes of play. The Nittany Lions opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a header from redshirt sophomore Sam Bollinger. Less than 10 minutes later, forward Connor Maloney added to the score line, scoring his sixth goal of the season.
Going into the second half, the Lions looked to play more of a defensive game and focused on possessing the ball rather than moving it forward. Loyola Marymount had a few attempted shots, but all were saved or cleared away by Penn State’s defense. In the 73rd minute of play, Kyle MacDonald scored his first goal of the season, giving the Lions a 3-0 victory over Loyola.
Penn State’s Men’s Soccer program truly exemplifies the idea of success with honor. Two out of the three goals of the night came from Penn State Schreyer Honors Scholars Sam Bollinger and Kyle MacDonald. This program not only has a history of success on the field, but more importantly, success in the classroom.
After this win, the team moves to 6-6-2 overall and head to Wisconsin on Saturday, October 24th for their last away game of the year. The team returns to Jeffrey Field on November 1st to take on Northwestern.