McKeesport, Pa. - Behind sophomore goalkeeper Alex Wood (Rockville, Md./St. John's College High), the Penn State Greater Allegheny men's soccer team put up their first win of the 2015-16 academic year, Friday afternoon, in a 3-0 shutout over Southern State Community College.
The game began with Greater Allegheny hammering the net, placing four shots before the 20 minute mark. Sophomore midfielder Bimal Bhattarai (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) connected a beautiful cross toward the back post, where junior midfielder Gerardo Diaz Perez (Mayaguez, Puerto Rico/Immaculate Conception Academy) was conveniently there waiting to hammer a volley in the back of the net, notching his first and Greater Allegheny's first goal of the season, 1-0 GA.
The first half ended by a shot tally 15-1 in Greater Allegheny's favor as they led the visiting team by one.
Just nine minutes into the second half of action, freshman midfielder Ricardo Dip (Guaynabo, Puerto Rico/Commonwealth) blasted a hard shot to the lower right of the net after a foul, elevating his team to a 2-0 lead over SSCC.
GA managed their last goal of the game in the 75th minute, as Dip again nailed a hard shot just left of the goalie's hands, placing the game at a 3-0 blanking in the first contest of the year.
As a team, Greater Allegheny managed 40 shots through the ninety minutes, 18 being on goal, allowing SSCC a total of just three. GA had the advantage on corner kicks with 11 while SSCC's keeper managed 15 saves.
Dip and sophomore midfielder Marin Marina (Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin) teamed up for a combined 15 shots, eight being on target. Wood finished his first game in net of the season with three total saves.
The Patriots began the game with just 11 players and ended the game playing with 9 due to injuries.
Patriots(0-1) are set to host the SSCC Men's Soccer Shootout on Sept. 4 and Sept. 5. The games on Friday will start at 3pm. With the match between UC-Clermont vs Boyce College, KY and then at 5pm, the Patriots will play against Appalachian Bible College. On Saturday, the winners will play at 12pm in the championship match, while the other two teams will play in the consulation game at 10am. All games will be played on SSCC Central campus in Hillsboro, OH.