After a slow first half, No. 15 Penn State unleashed its offense in the second half to net a 3-0 victory over St. John’s at Jeffrey Field.
Held scoreless in the opening half, the Nittany Lions outshot the Red Storm 10-2 in the final 45 minutes.
Connor Maloney, who scored the only goal in Friday’s season-opening win over Oakland, continued to lead the Penn State attack. He ended Sunday’s drought just 2:20 into the final half tapping in a rebound off a shot by Mark Wadid.
The contest stayed that way until the 71:11 mark. Maloney dummied a crossing pass from Drew Klingenberg, that Mikey Minutillo booted in from seven yards out. Kyle MacDonald also assisted on the goal.
Maloney capped the scoring with 23 seconds left by scoring off a crossing pass from Brian James. Minutillo also assisted on the play.
Penn State’s defense, led by Mason Klerks, Mike Robinson, Eli Dennis and Owen Griffith, was outstanding. Goalie Andrew Wolverton did not have to make a save in recording his second shutout of the season. Wolverton netted his 25th career shutout and now is four from breaking the school record.
The Nittany Lions outshot St. John’s (0-2) by an 11-5 margin. The triumph was Penn State coach Bob Warming’s 430th career win.
The Nittany Lions return to action Friday with a 7 p.m. clash against Temple at Jeffrey Field.