York, Pa. - The Nittany Lions dropped their first Penn State University Athletic Conference game on Wednesday afternoon and fell to 0-1-1 in the PSUAC after a 2-1 defeat at Penn State York.
Hazleton won the battle of possession with 16 shots, compared to just nine for the home team, but York made the most of their four shots on goal, scoring two unanswered goals and making Hazleton chase for virtually the entire game. York took an early lead at the seven minute mark on a goal by Cole Wentz and proceeded to shut out the Lions for the first 45 minutes despite nine shot attempts from Hazleton.
Early in the second half of play, a Hazleton turnover led to a second York goal coming off the foot of Jose Salazar who chipped the ball over the oncoming Hazleton keeper. The Lions responded late in the contest when senior Isaac Whitenight (Benton, Pa.) was fouled in the York 18 trying redirect a free kick. Junior Aaron Wrobleski (Mountain Top, Pa.) knocked in the ensuing penalty kick to trim the lead to just one goal with nine minutes to play, but York was able to freeze the ball for the remaining time to secure the 2-1 victory.
Next up: Hazleton returns to their home field for a 2:00 p.m. kick off on Saturday, September 21 when the Lions host Penn State New Kensington in search of their first conference win.