The Penn State men’s soccer team had the early lead, but Maryland had the final say Friday night at Jeffrey Field.
George Campbell netted a hat trick in just over 13 minutes of game action as the No. 25 Terrapins knocked off the Nittany Lions 4-3.
Connor Maloney scored a pair of goals for Penn State, with one assisted by his younger brother Austin. Drew Klingenberg and Connor Maloney had given the Nittany Lions an early 2-0 lead, but the Terps started to rally with a Tsubasa Endoh goal four minutes later to start the rally.
Campbell started his run with the tying goal two seconds before halftime, then added his other scores right after intermission.
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Brian James set up Maloney’s other score with about 27 minutes left, but the Lions could not get one more goal, and Riley Grant assisted on Klingenberg’s score.
“I think that we have a lot of things to build on," coach Bob Warming said. "All of our guys felt that we played as well as we have all year and we don’t accept any moral victories but we know how we can play against one of the most talented teams out there."
It was the most goals allowed by Penn State (5-4-2, 2-2-1 Big Ten) since a 4-1 loss to Maryland last season, and most goals allowed at home since a 4-3 loss to Michigan State in 2008.
Matt Bersano made five saves as Penn State outshot the Terps 18-14, and Cody Niedermeier stopped seven shots for Maryland (6-3-3, 2-1-2).