McKeesport, Pa. – It has been an historic season so far for the #11 Penn State Greater Allegheny Soccer Team (8-3, 6-2), and there are many more memories left to be made this season. On Sunday, they will get to make one final regular season memory as they honor their seniors and two plus two players against Penn State Worthington Scranton (2-6, 2-5).
The last two times out for PSUGA, however, have not been as memorable as they dropped each of their last two contests, including a 2-1 loss to Penn State Beaver last time out, to fall to 8-3 on the season and 6-2 in conference play. Despite the two losses, PSUGA is still playing great soccer and is looking to gain a little bit of momentum in Sunday’s game as they head for the number three seed in the Penn State University Athletic Conference playoffs.
It was a close game against Penn State Beaver last time out as neither team got on the board until the 52nd minute when Beaver took a 1-0 lead on a goal resulting from a Penalty Kick by PSU-Beaver’s Shelton Hillard. Then, just two minutes later, PSU-Beaver would extend their lead to two on a goal by Daniel Fermin, assisted by Ahshish Subba. PSUGA would continue to fight in this game and cut the deficit to one in the 77th minute on a goal by junior Belmo Nurkic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin HS).
Colin Buscok (Pittsburgh, Pa./Thomas Jefferson) got the start in net and played all 90 minutes collecting seven goals and allowing two in the contest. He has now allowed two goals or less in all but one match this season and has shown great poise in net.
The loss all but locked PSUGA into the #3 seed in the PSUAC playoffs which guarantees them a home game on October 28th in the Quarterfinal round of the PSUAC playoffs where they will host the #6 seed at the Francis McClure Elementary School. 2017/18 will be the fourth consecutive season in which the PSUGA Soccer team has made the playoffs.
Their opponent on Sunday has not had the best of seasons as Penn State Worthington Scranton sits at just 2-6 overall and 2-5 in conference play. They will be attempting to play spoiler on senior day and go out with a bang.
PSU-Worthington Scranton is coming off a tight game with Penn State Wilkes-Barre in which they came out on top 4-3. Worthington Scranton fell behind early in this one, but were able to come back and take the lead in the 65th minute and did not fall behind again in the game despite a late goal by Wilkes-Barre in the last ten minutes of the match.
This series has been dominated by PSUGA going back to the 2013/14 season as they have not lost to Penn State Worthington Scranton in that time frame going a perfect 4-0. Last season, PSUGA was able to take it to Worthington Scranton picking up a 7-3 victory.
It will be a special day for the seniors and 2+2 players as they will be playing their final regular season college soccer game. Marin Marina (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin HS), Jake Theiret (Port Vue, Pa./South Allegheny), Nick Jugovic (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin HS), Nick Andrews (Penn Hills, Pa./Serra Catholic), and Roshan Sharma (Pittsburgh, Pa.) will represent the senior class and Erin Findlay, Alexa Beyers (Spring Creek, Pa./Corry Area High School), and Dasharath Phuyel (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin HS) will represent the 2+2 players.
The match against PSU-Worthington Scranton is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. at the Francis McClure Elementary School. Come on out and support the seniors and 2+2 players.