Penn State Harrisburg 1, SUNY Poly 0
Guglielmetti, Gahomera, Jones, Brewer, Aman, Velasco, Kirsch, Zagorski, Krantweiss, Gartley, Myers
D'Alessio, Chaires, Wright, Toure, Gayle, Shelton, Alleyne, Westadt, Greene, Banker, Morris
How It Happened
Penn State Harrisburg scored early and held on for a 1-0 shutout victory over SUNY Poly at Nittany Soccer Field on Friday afternoon, Nov. 1. The victory clinched the 2019 North Eastern Athletic Conference Regular Season Championship for the Blue & White.
A foul by the Wildcats (12-6, 8-2 NEAC) gave the Lions (14-4, 10-0 NEAC) the early opportunity they needed and Joey Aman didn't disappoint, as he gave the home team an advantage it wouldn't relinquish with a marker in the game's fourth minute.
The ensuing 85 minutes saw the visitors get off just three shots and goalkeeper Nicholas Guglielmetti proved game when called upon by making a pair of crucial saves to preserve the slim lead down the stretch.
SUNY Poly's final chance came on a corner kick with less than a minute remaining but the Penn State Harrisburg back line did its job, clearing the ball, sealing the victory and securing the Lions hosting rights for the upcoming NEAC Championship Tournament.
Inside the Numbers
- The win was a single-season program-record tying 14th on the year for Penn State Harrisburg.
- The Blue & White outshot the Wildcats 7-to-4 overall and 4-to-2 in shots on goal.
- The clean sheet was the team's 11th shutout victory of the season.
- The win was Penn State Harrisburg's seventh in a row.
- Joey Aman's game winner increased his team-leading scoring total to 11 goals on the season.
- Nicholas Guglielmetti made two saves in earning the victory in goal.
- SUNY Poly goalkeeper James D'Alessio made three saves on the day.
The victory earned the Lions the 2019 NEAC Regular Season Championship and secured home-field advantage for next weekend's conference playoff tournament for the Blue & White. Penn State Harrisburg will host the tourney's semifinal round on Saturday, Nov. 9 and the conference championship game the following day.
The Lions wrap up the regular season by hosting SUNY Cobleskill at Nittany Soccer Field on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 2. The game will also serve as the men's soccer program's Senior Day.