Penn State soccer: Defense provides Nittany Lions another shutout win

With the way the Penn State men’s soccer team’s defense has been playing lately, all it takes is one goal for a win.

That was the case again Sunday afternoon at Jeffrey Field, when Mark Wadid was the only player to find the net as the Nittany Lions earned their second straight shutout and fourth of the season with a 1-0 victory over Duquesne.

Andrew Wolverton made two saves for the shutout — the fourth time this season the final score was 1-0. He has now posted 270 minutes, 37 seconds of consecutive shutout time, and the Nittany Lions (4-2-1) have only allowed more than one goal in a game once this season. The team also has allowed only one goal in 470 minutes of action on Jeffrey Field this year.

Eli Dennis played a through ball to Wadid to start the game-winning play. The freshman gathered the pass and fired the shot from eight yards out for his third goal of the season — all of which have been game-winners.

“We knew it was going to be a hard match with this Duquesne team,” Nittany Lions coach Bob Warming said. “They close the ball well, they’re physical and they play your body instead of the ball a lot but I thought we did a good job. The good news was that we got to play a lot of guys too. We have a tough stretch ahead of us so we needed to get some other guys in the game and I was happy the performances of some of the guys that came in.”

Sam Frymier made four saves for the Dukes, who were outshot 12-9.

Penn State hits the road for a trip to West Virginia on Wednesday evening before hosting Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon in its Big Ten opener.