Men’s Soccer Suffer Heartbreaking Defeat against Maryland

Men’s Soccer Suffer Heartbreaking Defeat against Maryland

Penn State Men’s Soccer fell to No. 25 Maryland on Friday, despite scoring first and controlling the game in the opening minutes of play.

In the 17th minute of the game, senior midfielder Drew Klingenberg scored for the Lions, shooting the ball by a few Maryland defenders and into the net past goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier. Ten minutes later, Connor Maloney increased the lead for Penn State, following an assist from his younger brother Austin.

With a 2-0 lead, the Lions appeared to look comfortable against their nationally ranked opponent. However, a few minutes after their second goal, Maryland opened their scoring for the night, with Tsubasa Endoh beating Penn State goalkeeper Matt Bersano. The Terrapins continued their scoring on the night, with forward George Campbell recording a hat trick to put Maryland in the lead in just over 10 minutes.

Penn State attempted to rally back from the two goal deficit with a goal in the 63rd minute by Connor Maloney, but were unable to get another goal past the Maryland defense.

While the loss was devastating for the Lions, Head Coach Bob Warming was able to find the positives of the match. “I think that we have a lot of things to build on…."All of our guys felt that we played as well as we have all year and we don’t accept any moral victories but we know how we can play against one of the most talented teams out there."

With the loss, Penn State now hold a 5-4-2 overall record and are 2-2-1 in Big Ten Conference Play. The Lions are back in action on Tuesday as they head south to take on West Virginia University in a non-conference match up. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.