PENNSYLVANIA – The Pratt Institute men's soccer team earned a weekend split over a pair of Penn State Schools – Schuylkill and Hazelton. These results brought the Cannoneers' overall record to 1-2.
Match 1 | Pratt 8, PSU Schuylkill 3: Pratt earned their first win of the 2017 season in an impressive showing against the Nittany Lions of Penn State - Schuylkill.
Pratt struck first as Bryan Shim registered his first goal of the season, an unassisted shot in the 8th minute. After PSU responded to tie the game at 1-1, Shim again found the back of the net with a strike in the 20th minute. Six minutes later, Natt Slober would notch his first goal of the 2017 campaign off the assist from Alfredo Wieneke. After the Nittany Lions tied the score at 3-3 seven minutes into the second half, Pratt's offense would take control of the game.
Beginning with Natt Slober's second goal of the game, the Cannoneers would go on to tally four goals over a span of six minutes. Miles Wright took the feed from Bryan Shim as his first goal of the year made it 5-3 in favor of Pratt. Slober and Shim would complete their hat tricks with unassisted scores in the 62nd and 63rd minute respectively. Wright would conclude the scoring 14 minutes from time, following a beautiful top corner smash.
The Cannoneers outshot PSU by a margin of 21-14, and Bubby Vernon received his first career win in goal, following his four save performance.
Match 2 | Pratt 0, PSU - Hazelton 1: Pratt loss the second leg of their Pennsylvania road trip, a tough 1-0 defeat to the Nittany Lions from PSU – Hazelton. The result brings the Cannoneers' record to 1-2.
Making his second career start, Bubby Vernon played exceptionally, recording eight saves while conceding only one goal, a deflected free kick in the 14th minute.
Offensively, Pratt was able to put five shots on goal, but was unsuccessful in getting through PSU's Brandon Yocum, who recorded the shutout.
Despite the result, head coach Jonas Worth was not without praise for his squad's performance.
"Bubby Vernon once again had some incredible saves in goal and incredible distribution," Worth stated. "Miles Wright was dangerous on both sides of the ball and the back pair of Juan Gomez and Simon Salazar shut down everything. Alfredo Wieneke was incredibly solid and fellow freshman, Jared Rice, attacked the back for 90 minutes."
Up Next: The Cannoneers will travel to Bronxville, NY for a Saturday evening showdown with the Gryphons of Sarah Lawrence College. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 pm.