Men's Soccer Shuts Out Cazenovia, Clinches Playoff Berth

Men's Soccer Shuts Out Cazenovia, Clinches Playoff Berth

Penn State Harrisburg 5, Cazenovia 0


Harrisburg Starters

Guglielmetti, Gahomera, Jones, Brewer, Aman, Velasco, Kirsch, Zagorski, Krantweiss, Gartley, Myers


Cazenovia Starters

Tessman, Sweet, Z. Schlachter, L. Schlachter Andreasson, Gjonmarkaj, Espeland, Morisada, Cameron, Vega, Blouin


How It Happened

Penn State Harrisburg stifled the second-highest scoring offense in the nation and clinched a North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) playoff berth thanks to a 5-0 shutout victory at Cazenovia on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13.


The Lions (11-4, 7-0 NEAC) exerted their will on the offensive end of the field and tallied the team's highest goal total of the season in the win. They were just as strong as defense, holding the Wildcats (4-6-2, 1-5-1 NEAC) to just three total shots on the day.


The Blue & White got on the board in the 26th minute when Toma Nichik netted his first goal of the game. The visitors' slim advantage held up heading into halftime.


Following the break, Penn State Harrisburg's attack erupted to the tune of four markers in a span of less than 20 minutes. Joey Aman converted a free kick of 20-plus yards in the 48th minute and Bobby Kirsch pushed the advantage to 3-0 less than four minutes later thanks to a helper from Aman.


The fourth goal of the game again came courtesy of Aman, this time off an assist from Mason Jones in the 66th minute, and Nichik capped the day's scoring with his second of the afternoon off another Jones helper little more than a minute later.


Stat of the Day

4.20 – Cazenovia's goals-per-game average entering the weekend. The Blue & White held one of the nation's top scoring offenses scoreless on Sunday afternoon.


Inside the Numbers

- Sunday's win was Penn State Harrisburg's eighth shutout victory of the season.

- The Lions outshot Cazenovia 25-to-3 overall and 12-to-1 in shots on frame.

- The Blue & White racked up nine corner kicks, compared to just one for the Wildcats.

- With his pair of scores, Joey Aman increased his team-leading goal total to eight on the year.

- Toma Nichik's opening goal was the third game winner of his career.

- Bobby Kirsch's marker was the first goal of his collegiate career.

- Mason Jones recorded the first multi-assist game of his career on Sunday.

- Nicholas Guglielmetti needed to make just one save in goal to record the shutout.

- Cazenovia goalkeeper Maurice Tessmann made seven stops on the day.


Who's Next?

It's another week off for the Lions before hosting Keuka at Nittany Soccer Field for another conference tilt on Saturday afternoon, October 19.


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