By: Timothy Panzigrau
Highlands Soccer Club earned a tie with PSNK Soccer Club on a penalty kick after time expired, after drawing a foul in the closing seconds of a defense-oriented game Thursday night.
Penn State’s defense held Highlands scoreless in the second half. In the waning moments, Highlands pulled its goalkeeper forward for a final attack. Defender Melinda McElhaney (#0) was called for a foul, but was injured, and was carried off the field by her teammates. Highlands slipped the penalty kick past PSNK goalkeeper Marco Sciulli (#1) after time expired.
Penn State’s offense kept up a steady stream of shots throughout the game, despite a strong defensive effort by Highlands. Frank Caputo (#11) notched both of Penn State’s goals, the first midway through the first period, and then again early in the second. Highlands had scored first, early in the first period.
Penn State’s record went to 2-1-1 with the tie, dropping them to fifth place in the PISA league. They opened the season with wins of 3-1 over Misfit Toys, and 4-1 over Team Red. They dropped a game against Real Ballerz 5-1, and were in third place in the PISA league with four points before Thursday’s game. Highlands (0-3-1) remained winless. They were tied for last place before this game, but moved into eighth place with the tie.
PSNK’s next game is Thursday, December 11 at 9:35 pm, versus Eeendeemedel (2-1). All Penn State games are played at PISA in Cheswick, and are free and open to the public. See the schedule at www.indoorsportsarena.com or on the PSNK Athletics bulletin board.