The Penn State men’s soccer team was on its way to its fourth shutout win in as many games this season before James Madison, and a pair of ejections, spoiled the day.
The Dukes’ Joe Vyner scored with 2:12 left in regulation, leaving them knotted 1-1 with the No. 16 Nittany Lions on Monday evening.
Connor Maloney notched his fourth goal of the season 10:14 into the game to stake the Nittany Lions to a lead, tapping in Mikey Minutillo’s header.
Penn State had to play most of the second half after it lost its most important player, keeper Andrew Wolverton, to a red card at 53:21. Wolverton put his hands on the ball well outside the penalty box to stop a James Madison breakaway for the automatic card, leaving the team playing 10-on-11.
Later, sophomore forward Mark Wadid was handed a red card with 12:50 left, after a yellow card just three minutes earlier, leaving the Lions 9-on-11 through the final minutes of regulation and the two 10-minute overtime periods.
“I’m so proud of our guys digging in, battling every single minute while two men down,” coach Bob Warming said. “Sometimes unjust things happen to you collectively and individually. The response from our players to the situation presented to them was inspiring to be a part of as a coach and fan of this terrific group of young men.”
Evan Finney finished the game in goal for Penn State (3-0-1), making four saves as Penn State was outshot 21-18.
Penn State visits No. 12 Indiana on Saturday to open the Big Ten schedule.