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No. 17 Penn State Travels to West Virginia Friday for First Road Test

No. 17 Penn State Travels to West Virginia Friday for First Road Test

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The No. 17 Penn State men’s soccer team, under fourth-year head coach Jeff Cook, hits the road for the first time in 2021 with a trip to Morgantown, West Virginia to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers on Friday, Sept. 3. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. from Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium and will air live on ESPN+.
 
GAME INFORMATION

  • Date: Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 | Time: 7 p.m. ET
  • Location: Morgantown, W.V. | Venue: Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium
  • Live Stats: Statbroadcast.com | Watch: ESPN+ 

LAST TIME OUT

  • No. 11 Penn State put a three-spot on Syracuse Sunday evening on a rain-soaked Jeffrey Field to move to 1-0-1 after week one.
  • The Nittany Lions wasted no time getting on the scoreboard with a goal in the fourth minute by sophomore Peter Mangione.
  • Out of the halftime break, Penn State added to its lead after redshirt senior Pierre Reedy drew a foul in the box and then buried the penalty kick.
  • Just over a minute later, senior Seth Kuhn had a shot at the far post that was initially saved by the Syracuse keeper before junior Andrew Privett cleaned up the rebound for the eventual 3-0 winning score.
  • Kuhn finished with two assists with the first on Mangione’s goal.
  • Junior goalkeeper Kris Shakes and the backline recorded their first shutout of the season. 

OFFENSIVE WEAPONS

  • Penn State’s offense has weapons at every position on the pitch, making it difficult for opposing defenses to keep the ball out of the back of the net.
  • Six different players have already recorded points this season with junior midfielder Andrew Privett leading the Nittany Lions with three points on one goal and an assist.
  • Captain of the midfield, Seth Kuhn, paces the team with two assists.
  • Penn State averages 14.5 shots per game and 7.00 shots on goal per game. Its 48.3 percent shot accuracy also paces the Big Ten Conference.

GAME-WINNERS ONLY FROM MANGIONE

  • Forward/midfielder Peter Mangione is clutch when needed most.
  • The Hunt Valley, Md., native has seven career goals so far in his young career, five of which are game-winners, including his first goal of the season in the fourth minute against Syracuse.

SHAKE YOUR GROOVE THING

  • Junior goalkeeper Kris Shakes posted a shutout against Syracuse with six saves in his first game of the season in between the pipes.
  • The Parkland, Fla., native now has eight career shutouts and an 18-2-2 career record.

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

  • After the first week of the season, Penn State dropped in the United Soccer Coaches ranking slightly to No. 17.
  • The Nittany Lions sit at No. 11 in Top Drawer Soccer’s poll and at No. 9 in College Soccer News’ poll.
  • Big Ten foe Indiana sits at a unanimous No. 1 in all the polls while Maryland is also ranked in every poll. 

NEXT TIME OUT
Penn State returns to Happy Valley for a Labor Day matchup at Jeffrey Field with American on Monday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. American is the defending Patriot League champions from a season ago as well as an NCAA Tournament team.



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