Penn State Harrisburg 1, Fisher 0
Smith, Lopez, Malinich, Peters, Wardle, Foster, Velasco, Krantweiss, Warren, Lucas, Cooper
Garcia, Kaya, Bailey, Norville, Pinero, Surpris, Martinez-Gonzalez, Leveille, Jagba, Williams
How It Happened
Penn State Harrisburg took advantage of back-to-back home games by giving the team's starters a rare day to recover during Sunday afternoon's 1-0 shutout victory over Fisher at Nittany Soccer Field.
Instead of the usual crew, it was the reserves who led the way for the Lions (13-1-1), making the most of their opportunities in the one-score win. The Blue & White were the more aggressive bunch, racking up a number of chances to get on the board in the early going but the Falcons (1-6-2) were able to repel the home team's push for much of the first half.
Until Max Turner happened that is. The sophomore picked the perfect time to net the first goal of his young career, with his header strike coming just before halftime in the 41st minute off a nice feed from Sokail Ahmedshaker. Harrisburg took a 1-0 advantage into the break and held the slim lead the rest of the way.
Despite solid defense by the Lions for much of the day, Fisher was able to get off a pair of headers in the final 20 minutes but Penn State Harrisburg's back line kept real pressure off goalkeeper Hunter Cooper for much of the afternoon, preserving the team's 13th victory of the fall.
Inside the Numbers
- Sunday's victory was Penn State Harrisburg's 11th shutout of the season.
- The Lions improved their goals allowed average to 0.26 on the year.
- The victory kept the Blue & White undefeated on their home turf (7-0-1).
- Harrisburg held a 10-1 advantage in shots on goal.
- The game winner was Max Turner's first goal of his collegiate career.
- Sohail Ahmedshaker's assist was his first since joining the Lions.
- Josiah Malinich got off a game-high two shots on frame.
- Hunter Cooper made just one save in net to pick up the victory for Penn State Harrisburg.
- Fisher goalkeeper Christopher Garcia made nine stops on the day.
The Lions get back to Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play when they travel to York (Pa.) on Wednesday night.