The reoccurring theme of the Penn State men's soccer team's past few games showed up again Saturday night. Despite controlling play for most of the game, the Nittany Lions (6-3-2, 1-1-1 Big Ten) could not take advantage of their chances in a 1-1 draw against Michigan (3-5-1, 1-1-1 Big Ten).
The Lions outshot Michigan 26-10, a season high in shots for Penn State, but it took until the 83rd minute for the Lions to get on the board.
Playing from behind for most of the game after conceding a fourth minute goal to forward T.J Roehn, the Lions were able to equalize on defender Akil Howard's first goal of the season.
Howard took advantage of a loose ball in the box that fell to him and he tucked it home in the right corner from a few yards out.
While the Lions had a chance to win it in OT, the Wolverines cleared a shot from Marvin Ledgister off the line and the teams had to settle for a draw.
Key points from the game:
Hasani Sinclair makes his first start of the season: After impressing against Indiana and having a great week of practice, coach Bob Warming rewarded Sinclair with his first start of the season. The 6-foot-1 forward impressed in his 75 minutes of playing time. Sinclair registered three shots (two on target) and notched his second assist of the season.
Goalie rotation continues: Warming continued his rotation of the goalie's playing time as Andrew Wolverton got the start in place of Emmanuel Martin. Wolverton had very little to do throughout the night, saving one shot as Michigan registered just three shots on target.
Penn State Man of the Match: Midfielder Marvin Ledgister was a nuisance to the Wolverines defense all night. The senior registered five shots, all on target, and forced Michigan goalie Adam Grinwis to come up with a couple outstretched saves in overtime to keep the game tied.