Men’s Soccer Shuts Out Loyola Marymount 3-0
Penn State defeated Loyola Marymount by a score of 3-0 on Wednesday night at Jeffery Field in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
Penn State came out of the gates strong, dominating the shots on goal early in the first half. However, the game was back and forth for the first 15 minutes.
After a number of shots on goal, the Nittany Lions finally broke through as Sam Bollinger headed in a goal after a cross through the box by Drew Klingenberg with 29 minutes left to go in the half.
Loyola Marymount had its first legitimate threat 24 minutes into the game, but the strong charge ended when an Alvaro Madrigal shot sailed over the Penn State crossbar.
Just a minute later, Penn State added to its lead when Connor Maloney floated the ball over LMU goalkeeper Vince Paldino.
Throughout the first half, the Nittany Lions defense was strong in the box, only allowing one shot on goal.
Loyola Marymount seemed to come to life at the end of the first half, getting much more aggressive on both sides of the ball.
At the beginning of the second half, Loyola Marymount carried over their momentum from the first, as they attacked the Penn State defense, who was playing at a much slower pace than it did in the first half.
Although LMU was more aggressive in the second half, the Penn State defense held strong and didn’t allow a Loyola Marymount goal in the second half despite many strong charges from LMU,
Kyle MacDonald scored his first goal of the season in the 76th minute to all but seal the win for the Nittany Lions.
“It was unbelievable, and I’m always happy to play, and if I can help my team score, even better.” said Sam Bolinger, who scored the first Nittany Lion goal.
After the match, Head Coach Rob Warming spoke about the goalkeeping prowess he is aiming for.
“I think we want to be Goalkeeper U. We want to be the place that everybody thinks has the best in the Big Ten.” Said Warming.
The Nittany Lions return to action this Saturday as they travel to Wisconson to take on the Badgers.
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