#11 PSU Men's Soccer Falls to #9 Akron

#11 PSU Men's Soccer Falls to #9 Akron

Maloney scores his 1st collegiate goal in the loss.
AKRON, OHIO - The No. 11 Nittany Lion men’s soccer team dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 double-overtime match at No. 9 Akron on Wednesday night at rainy FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field. Connor Maloney (Harrisburg, Pa.) scored his first collegiate goal in terrific fashion in the first half, but two free kick goals clinched the victory for the Zips.
 
In a 1-1 game, the Zips received a free kick from 25 yards out on the right wing. Aodan Quinn whipped in a curling strike into the far left corner for the dramatic comeback win over a 10-man Penn State side (11-5-1, 5-1-0 Big Ten) with just 4:36 remaining in the match.
 
Akron (13-3-1, 4-1-0 MAC) possessed the ball through much of the opening 45 minutes, firing 11 shots in all, three of which made it on frame. Andrew Wolverton (Atlanta, Ga.) was there for all three shots on goal including a 24rd-minute rocket by Adam Najem.
 
For the game, Wolverton matched his career high with nine saves as Akron fired 32 shots in the match to Penn State’s 10. Akron took 20 of the game’s final 21 shots.
 
Penn State (11-5-1, 5-0-0 Big Ten) got on the board with an amazing shot by Maloney in the 40th minute. Michael Gonzalez (Berwyn, Pa.) crossed a ball to Maloney at the top of the penalty area as the freshman trapped the cross and whipped a half-volley into the left side of the goal. For Gonzales, the assist was his first collegiate point.
 
Midfielder Drew Klingenberg (Gibsonia, Pa.) had a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 just six minutes into the second half as Jordan Tyler (Rochester, Mich.) played a perfect pass down the left wing that Klingenberg hit high from 10 yards out with just the goalkeeper to beat.
 
The Zips looked poised to even the game in the 69th minute as Najem’s 18-yard shot went past the out-stretched arms of Wolverton and caromed off the left post.
 
Akron would tie the goal on an 82nd-minute free kick by Aodhan Quinn in the 83rd minute. During Akron’s celebration, a scrum ensued and eventually Akil Howard (Queens, N.Y.) was sent off.
 
Following the restart, Akron regained possession and nearly went ahead on Saad Abdul-Salaam’s 20-yard attempt that forced Wolverton into a diving save to his left in the 83rd minute.
 
Akron upped the tempo until the end of regulation and into overtime. Akron out-shot Penn State 6-1 in the first overtime and took two in the second frame.
 
The Nittany Lions fall to 13-16-5 all-time against Akron with its fifth straight defeat to the Zips. Penn State also fell to 2-3-1 in overtime this season.

--Penn State Athletic Communications
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