With the Jeffrey Field bleachers filled Friday night, the Penn State men’s soccer team honored its history in the best way possible — by scoring a win.
The No. 16 Nittany Lions used a late first-half goal from Owen Griffith and another stellar night in goal from Andrew Wolverton to drop Temple 1-0.
The team’s third shutout in as many games this season came in front of a season-high 4,052 fans when the program honored members of the 1954-55 teams, the last of Penn State’s 11 national championship seasons.
Griffith converted the winner off a corner kick from Mark Wadid, his third assist of the season and Griffith’s first goal of the year. It was the team’s first first-half goal of the season.
“The game was won in the second half even though we didn't score then,” coach Bob Warming said. “Although I think we scored more than we were credited. We hit a couple crossbars and a both posts so we had a pretty good night considering this heat and humidity. That's the first game in my career that we stopped midway through.”
Wolverton made three saves for the shutout, the 26th of his career and three shy of the program record.