HAZLETON, Pa. – Penn State Hazleton evened their non-conference record at 3-3 as they topped Williamson Trade, 6-2, on Thursday at Community Park. Senior Kyle Venditti (Berwick, Pa.) earned a hat trick on the afternoon and in the process set the single season scoring mark for Penn State Hazleton with 21 goals on the season so far.
The Nittany Lions (9-4, 6-1 PSUAC) picked up the early lead and went into the half up 3-0 before tacking on more goals in the second half to add to the advantage. The win marks the third straight season the Lions have taken down the Mechanics.
Hazleton outshot their visitors 30-10 on the day, including a whopping 18-3 advantage in the first half. Freshman Brandon Yocum (Bloomsburg, Pa.) made five saves for Hazleton and the Lions forced 10 corners, including seven in the first half.
Sophomore Ben Pasukinis (Benton, Pa.) got Hazleton on the board first as Venditti assisted in the 9th minute for his 18th goal of the season. Pasukinis would reciprocate the sharing as he found Venditti off a long pass up the left side just 11 minutes later. After beating a defender to the ball, Venditti snuck it by the keeper clean for a 2-0 Hazleton advantage.
Freshman Sohail Ahmedshaker (Brooklyn, NY) would make it 3-0 with a goal in the 41st minute with a long shot from 25 yards out, eluding the outstretched hand of the keeper and diving into the goal just under the crossbar.
The second half started quickly for Hazleton once again as Venditti found the back of the net after a long pass from sophomore defender Tyler Wyllie (Benton, Pa.) in the 48th minute. It was Venditti's 20th goal of the season.
After Williamson scored, Venditti made it a hat trick in the 55th minute to set the single season mark and make it 5-1 Hazleton. Pasukinis added his second goal of the day just five minutes later to make it 6-1 and give him 19 goals on the year. The Mechanics would add another goal but Hazleton comfortably controlled the ball the remainder of the game to pick up the win.
Hazleton reenters conference play as they host Penn State Brandywine in a PSUAC showdown at Community Park on Tuesday, October 8th. A win would put Hazleton in a three-way tie for first place in the conference. Match time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.