Written by Jim Lewis
Penn State Harrisburg was ready to face a Washington Adventist team that was coming off a massive win over Division II Shippensburg, ranked 17th in the nation at the time.
The clash between the Lions and the Shock was nothing short of spectacular – if you're a Lion fan.
Penn State Harrisburg scored three first-half goals to beat Washington Adventist, 3-0, on Sunday, Sept. 21 in Middletown.
The intensity and effort of the Lions (5-1) were evident from the start against the Shock (4-2-1). Fortunately, teamwork was the theme of this game, as every pass seemed to find its target.
The Lions' domination started with a crafty pass from Ricardo Quintana that led to a cross from Victor Weaver that found Alex Panuccio, who scored the first goal of the day.
The goal seemed to open the floodgates for Penn State Harrisburg. Austin Katz blew past five Adventist defenders and found Aaron Kline, who scored the Lions' second goal.
Ten minutes later, a foul by Lion defender Mike Jones that stopped a Shock breakaway earned a red card, forcing the Blue & White to play a man down for the remaining 65 minutes.
Penn State Harrisburg’s defense was up to the challenge, however, led by Jon Willingham and Deven Gerhart, who shot down any kind of attack from Adventist. The Lions kept control of the game all the way.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 September 2014 15:16
Alyssa Crowley scored her first two goals of the season to lead Penn State Harrisburg to a 3-2 victory over Albright on Saturday, Sept. 6 in Middletown.
The Blue & White (2-1) played their best half of soccer so far this season, moving the ball smoothly up the field to create scoring opportunities.
Crowley got things started when she finished off a Leann Kazawic near-post cross just 13 minutes into the game.
Penn State Harrisburg needed a solid save or two from goalkeeper Mackenzie Gates and some quality defensive work from center back Danell Engle but overall played quality soccer in the first half and held a major advantage in time of possession.
The game evened up in the second half with both teams going end-to-end. Penn State Harrisburg’s Morgan Gates broke the game open with a left-footed rip from 25 yards out to give the Blue & White a 2-0 lead.
Albright responded in the 71st minute when a corner kick bounced off a Penn State Harrisburg player and into the Lions’ net for an own goal.
But minutes later, Mackenzie Gates got an uncommon assist from the keeper position when her long punt bounced the length of the field to Crowley, whose goal made it 3-1.
A lightning strike caused an hour delay at the 73rd minute - and allowed Albright to regroup. Albright pushed hard to start a rally, and its efforts paid off in the 86th minute with a goal.
But the Lions kept their composure and stayed behind the ball until the final whistle to hold on for the win.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:16
Written by Tom Klemick
Penn State Harrisburg used two second-half goals to pull away from Mt. Aloysius en route to a 3-1 victory in the Lions’ home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in Middletown.
Freshman Matthew Vaz put the Blue & White on the board first, while captain Malik Cameron netted the game winner and Jimmy Bilger put the game out of reach in the final minutes.
“I am very proud of the lads’ performance tonight,” said Penn State Harrisburg Coach Seamus Donnelly. “That was a very physical challenge and it is not the type of game we try to play here. We had to earn the right to play our game, and I think we did that.”
Vaz, playing in just his second collegiate game, put the Lions ahead late in the first half when he made a great move to his left and struck a ball into the upper half of the Mounties’ goal from 20 yards out in the game’s 41st minute.
Mount Aloysius evened things up 12 minutes into the second half when Kevin Ouellette headed home a shot off an assist from Xavier Cardona.
When presented with a golden opportunity nearly 20 minutes later, Penn State Harrisburg (2-0) took full advantage. Freshman Victor Weaver found Cameron off a corner kick from the left side. Cameron made the finish in traffic and gave the Lions a 2-1 advantage in the 76th minute.
Bilger capped the scoring when he gathered a loose ball in the Mounties’ half of the field, shook loose of a defender and fired a tremendous shot that found the right side of the Mounties’ net in the 84th minute, ending any threat of a late-game Mount Aloysius equalizer.
Physical play was the name of the game, as the two teams combined for five yellow cards and 28 total fouls.
The Lions outshot the Mounties 14-1 and took control in the game’s final 15 minutes thanks to four shots and two scores in a 10-minute span.
“We defended very well, as we always do,” said Donnelly. “We passed the ball as well as we ever have and we looked dangerous in the final third. Still very much a work in progress, but so far I’m very happy.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 September 2014 20:13
Written by Tom Klemick
Penn State Harrisburg kicked off its 2014 campaign with a 1-0 shutout victory over former North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) rival Lancaster Bible on Friday, Aug. 29 in Lancaster.
Senior Jon Willingham netted the contest’s lone goal off an assist from sophomore Austin Katz in the game’s 74th minute.
“I thought it was a very tough, intense game,” said Penn State Harrisburg Coach Seamus Donnelly. “Full credit to Lancaster Bible – they threw everything they had at us and we were a little lucky to survive in the end.”
Lucky or not, the Lions were able to exorcise some of 2013’s demons by reversing a discouraging trend that saw them drop seven one-goal decisions last season. It was only a matter of time before the ball bounced the way of the Blue & White.
The difference maker came when Katz found Willingham off a corner kick late in the second half. Willingham headed Katz’s offering into the left side of the Lancaster Bible net to give the Lions a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
“Going forward, we know we need to get better in some areas, but our outlook for the season remains very positive,” said Donnelly.
The Lions’ third year head coach was pleased with the work of midfielders Matt Vazand and Alex Panuccio in their first collegiate outings as Penn State Harrisburg players.
Lion goalkeeper Brandon Hoover turned away five Charger attempts, including a highlight reel-worthy, full extension save in the first half.
“We had to withstand some scary moments but it was exactly the start we needed,” said Donnelly. “It was a real test for sure.’’
Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 19:40
Written by Tom Klemick
For much of the season, it’s seemed like Penn State Harrisburg has been one bounce of the ball, one fortunate break, one key run away from picking up crucial victories.
Instead, the Lions have ended up on the wrong end of those situations more times than they would have liked this year. The Lions’ matchup against Southern Virginia on Saturday, Feb. 8 was no different.
After falling behind by as many as 18 points, the Blue & White made it a one possession game late in regulation. Unfortunately, the Lions failed to get a decisive defensive stop when it mattered most and ultimately fell to the Knights, 74-67 in Middletown.
Will Doyle continued his recent string of stellar outings for Penn State Harrisburg (7-14), dropping a game-high 16 points on Southern Virginia (5-13). He also dished out a game-high five assists. Sophomore Jared Deibler, a Middletown Area High School graduate, added 12 points and a team-high six rebounds off the bench. Teammate Rayshaun Anderson-Brown was also strong, posting 11 points and five boards.
The Lions were strong out of the gate, jumping out to a 12-5 lead when Joey Farthing converted a layup at the 14:42 mark.
The Knights regrouped and kept things close during the game’s opening 10 minutes. Southern Virginia’s Wesley Evans connected from beyond the 3-point arc with 7:06 remaining in the first half to tie the score, 20-20.
From there, Southern Virginia ended the half on a 12-4 run and took a 32-24 advantage into the break.
After both teams struggled to get going offensively to begin the second half, Penn State Harrisburg scored 6 unanswered points to cut the deficit to 32-30 on a layup by Winton Lyle with 15:22 left to play.
But just as quickly as the Blue & White climbed back into the game, Southern Virginia increased its lead thanks to a 12-0 run over the next two minutes.
Trailing 52-34 with about 8:00 left to play, the Lions made one last push.
Penn State Harrisburg traded buckets with the Knights before getting stops on the defensive end that allowed the Lions to cut into Southern Virginia’s lead. The Lions put together an 18-8 run over a stretch of 4:30 to bring them within 4 points, 62-58 with 2:06 left in the game.
Unfortunately, that’s as close as the Lions would get.
Doyle and Anderson-Brown did their best to keep the Lions in it, but every time the Blue & White made a big shot, Southern Virginia had an answer.
The two teams shot nearly identically from the field (43.5 percent to 42.1 percent), but Southern Virginia held the edge in shooting from distance, knocking down nine 3-balls compared to just three by the Blue & White.
The Lions also struggled from the foul line, shooting just 58.8 percent.
Frostburg St. 65
Behind a career-high 22 points from freshman Logan Stovall, Penn State Harrisburg upended Capital Athletic Conference foe Frostburg State on Thursday, Feb. 6 in Frostburg, Md., ending the Lions’ six-game losing streak.
Three other Penn State Harrisburg players reached the double-digit scoring mark: Doyle netted 14, dished out a game-high five assists and pulled in a team-best five rebounds; Kenny Stone dropped 15 on the Bobcats; and freshman Marquese Daniels added 13 points.
The Lions fell behind 9-2 in the early going before putting together a 7-2 run that got them back into contention.
After Frostburg (2-19, 1-12 in the conference) jumped back out in front 20-13, the Blue & White again fought back, cutting the deficit to 20-17 thanks to Doyle’s trey at the 7:09 mark.
A Stone jump shot pulled Penn State Harrisburg (4-8 in the conference) to within 1 point, and the Lions grabbed their first lead of the game, 23-22, when Stovall converted a layup with 4:26 left in the first half.
Both squads traded the advantage over the next several minutes until Stovall knocked down a shot from beyond the arc to put Penn State Harrisburg out in front 35-32 heading into halftime.
Doyle connected for another triple just seconds after the break to increase the Lions’ lead to 38-32, but the Bobcats battled back over the next 4:00, with a pair of Torrell Goodman free throws drawing Frostburg to within 1 point, 43-42 with 15:17 left to play.
Over the next few minutes, however, the Blue & White steadily began to put distance between themselves and Frostburg State.
Deibler converted two free throws to put Penn State Harrisburg ahead 50-44 at the 12:24 mark and Doyle flushed another 3-ball to push the Lions’ advantage to 53-44 with 11:41 remaining.
Free throws by Stone and Lyle extended Penn State Harrisburg’s lead to 61-51 with 7:13 left to play, and Stone’s layup at the 6:03 mark kept the Blue & White advantage in the double-digits.
Frostburg cut the deficit to just 5 points when Nick Smoot connected from downtown with 2:19 remaining. That’s as close as the Bobcats would get the rest of the way.
Frostburg was forced to foul and Daniels and Stovall converted their free throws down the stretch to keep the Bobcats at bay.
The game’s most telling statistic came in the form of reserve play. Penn State Harrisburg got 52 points from its bench compared to just 10 by he Bobcats’ backups.
The Lions also shot a stout 58.1 percent from the field compared to just 38.8 percent for Frostburg.
The Blue & White shot 55.6 percent from beyond the arc. Frostburg managed just 26.7 percent shooting from distance.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 19:41