Media, Pa. - The Nittany Lions made it two straight victories on Thursday with a win under the lights at Williams College of the Trades. The Hazleton offense proved too much for Williamson to overcome, while the Lion's defense, led by sophomore net minder Brandon Yocum (Bloomsburg, Pa.), pitched its second straight shut-out by the winning margin of 5-0.
Hazleton was gifted an early lead when a failed attempt to clear the ball by Williamson ricocheted off a teammate back into the net for an own goal. Hazleton sophomore Juan Duran (Maynard, Ma.) would build off that advantage nearly 20 minutes into the half, making good on a pass from sophomore Jason Klusewitz (Mountain Top, Pa.). Duran settled the cross from the right wing, taking aim from the 18 and curling the ball past the Williamson keeper to the bottom right hand corner of the goal. Hazleton looked like they would carry just a two goal advantage in the half but as the clock approached zeros, junior Ben Pasukinis (Benton, Pa.) broke free to find senior Patrick Holman (Mountain Top, Pa.) streaking down the left side. Holman tucked the ball into the net with just 15 seconds remaining to give the Lions a healthy advantage at the midway point.
The second half was all Hazleton, led by sophomore Moussa Diouf (Carteret, Nj.) who tacked on two scores to expand the lead to its final score of 5-0. Diouf scored unnassisted midway through the period, dribbling through a sea of defenders for his first goal and later broke free on a through ball, shrugging off one Williamson defender to tally his second goal to lead all scorers in the contest.
The Nittany Lions are back in action on Monday when they meet up with United States Collegiate Athletic Association rival in Berkeley College of New Jersey. Hazleton will travel to Brooklyn, Ny. for their second straight evening matchup and look to make it three in a row under new Head Coach John Witkowski.