Soccer slips in second half at Penn State York

Dyllan Klinger chases down a loose ball in the midfield.
Dyllan Klinger chases down a loose ball in the midfield.

York, Pa. - Penn State York used a strong second half effort to top Hazleton on Tuesday afternoon, besting the Lions by the score of 4-0 and issuing Hazleton their fifth straight loss in the month of Ocotber. Hazleton played well in defeat but the struggle for offense continued at Penn State York as the Lions failed to get on the scoreboard. 

Hazleton played well in the first half, limiting York to just 10 tries offensively. The Lions held a 4-3 advantage in corner kicks during the first half although Hazleton could not convert any of their four shots in the period, ultimately resulting in a first half stalemate. That pace would continue in the second half until the 61st minute when York's Carlos Robles-Flores broke free in the midfield for a one-on-one opportunity against Hazleton keeper, Bryce Dalpiaz (Liverpool, Pa.). Robles-Flores attacked the box, firing near post past Dalpiaz to break the tie. The game remained close for the majority of the second half and Hazleton switched formations late in the game to try to stimulate some offense but York took advantage of the change, resulting in three late goals to seal up the victory. 

Robles-Flores added to his game winning goal with a score in the 85th minute followed by a pair of goals in the final minutes of play by Cole Wentz to push the score to 4-0. Hazleton's Nicholas Ruggeri got off a pair of shots on goal in the game, but failed to find the back of the net while keeper Bryce Dalpiaz finished the game with 12 saves in 90 minutes of action. 

Next up: The Lions travel to Penn State Mont Alto on Saturday, October 23 to finish out the regular season. Kick-off slated for 3:00 p.m.