Brooklyn, Ny. - Hazleton came up empty on the scoreboard on Monday when they traveled to face Berkeley College of Nj. at Aviator field in the Big Apple. The Lions played terrific defense, holding the nation's top scoring offense to just one goal on the evening, but that didn't stop the Knights from controlling the pace of play. Forced on the defensive side of the field for much of the game, Hazleton garnered just three shots on goal while Berkeley reeled off 20 shots with 8 challenging the net. Despite the disparity on the stat sheet, Hazleton battled to a scoreless tie until a late goal in the 80th minute secured the win for the Knights.
Moments that Mattered
Yocum and the defense stymie the Knights
The Lions defense served up a fantastic effort through 80 minutes of action. Hazleton survived a 6-0 deficit in corner kicks in the first half alone, four of which came over a 13 minute stretch of action much of which was played on the Hazleton side of the field.
Berkeley breaks through
With 11:37 remaining on the clock in regulation Berkeley's Shabthai Abellard breaks the stalemate, gathering a pass played through the middle of the field and striking it high into the net. Sophomore goal keeper Brandon Yocum (Bloomsburg, Pa.) got his fingertips on the shot but couldn't force the ball up over the crossbar to keep the Knight's scoreless.
Hazleton resumes play on Saturday, beginning a three game home stretch of games including their first Penn State University Athletic Conference action of the season. The Lions will take on Penn State Mont Alto on Saturday at Community Park with kick off slated for 3:00 p.m.