Local college sports: Nittany Lions topple Phoenix

The Nittany Lions from Penn State Abington toppled Chambersburg’s Phoenix men’s soccer team Tuesday in a non-conference game in Abington. Despite a valiant effort, the Phoenix (0-5, 0-0 CSAC) were defeated by the Nittany Lions (3-3, 0-1 UEC) by a final score of 3-0. 

How It Happened

Sophomore Connor Bowers (Hagerstown, MD, North Hagerstown High School) went straight to work in this one, firing off a shot on goal in the fifth minute of play. Shortly after, in the 18th minute of the match, freshman Colin Castro (Chambersburg, PA, Chambersburg Area Senior) managed to get a shot off that sailed to the right of the goal. Abington notched two, quick goals in the 41st and 43rd minute of play that put them ahead 2-0 going into halftime. In the second half, the Nittany Lions extended their lead to 3-0. In the 67th minute, senior Brandom Rios (Carolina, Puerto Rico, Colegio Bautista De Carolina) put a shot on goal that was saved. The Phoenix could not overcome the deficit, falling to Penn State Abington by a final score of 3-0. 

Inside the Box Score

Junior Billy Merk (Macungie, PA, Lehigh Carbon Community College) tallied a total of two saves. BowersCastro, and Rios led Wilson offensively in the shot department, finishing with one each. 

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Up Next

The Phoenix makes their home debut Thursday, taking on the Bearcats of Saint Vincent College (1-6, 0-0 PAC) at 4 p.m. 

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