UNIVERSITY PARK — Four seniors each found the net in their last regular-season appearance at Jeffrey Field, but the Penn State men’s soccer team could only manage a 4-4 tie with Ohio State on Sunday afternoon.
Daniel Burnham, Marvin Ledgister, Julian Cardona and Daniel Parr scored the goals for the Nittany Lions (9-4-3, 3-1-2), who stayed in the hunt for the Big Ten title. Coupled with Northwestern’s tie with Wisconsin and Indiana’s loss to Michigan State, Penn State has 11 points to sit atop the standings, one point ahead of the Wildcats and two ahead of the Hoosiers and Spartans. Penn State’s conference schedule is complete, however, with only a Wednesday night trip to Penn remaining in the regular season, while everyone else has a game remaining.
The goal for Parr was the first of his career, heading in the ball on a corner kick from John Gallagher, while Cardona’s was his sixth of the season to lead the team. Hasani Sinclair and Owen Griffith each contributed two assists.
In the highest scoring game in the Big Ten this season, Kenny Cunningham, Chris Hegngi and Louis Berra each scored for the Buckeyes (6-9-2, 0-4-1), with the game-tying goal netted with 2:30 left in regulation on an own goal knocked in after a throw-in to the middle of the penalty box.
Penn State outshot Ohio State 18-13, with Emmanuel Martin making four saves in 90 minutes in goal and Andrew Wolverton stopping one shot durint the two overtime periods for the Lions. The Buckeyes’ Alex Wimmer made five saves, the last of which was a diving stop on a Sinclair shot with a minute left in extra time.