Hempstead, NY – Tyler Botte deflected in a Chris Griebsch free kick at the 82 minute mark to tie the score at one and neither the Pride nor Penn State could break through in overtime in a 1-1 tie Tuesday night at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
Hofstra, playing its third overtime contest in a row, posted its first draw of the season and is now 6-10-1 heading into Saturday’s season finale. Penn State sees its record go to 7-7-4.
Neither team could get on the scoreboard in the first half, though the Nittany Lions had plenty of chances. Penn State had 10 shots in the first half with Pride keeper Roberto Pellegrini making four saves in the opening half and Tommi Kjartansson picking up a team save when he cleared a ball that was headed into goal. Hofstra managed just one shot in the first 45 minutes.
Penn State finally got one past Pellegrini following a defensive miscue. The Pride turned the ball over on a clear attempt. Marvin Ledgister controlled for the Nittany Lions and sent a pass to Mackenzie Arment just outside the box. Arment cut back and put a left-footed shot past an outstretched Pellegrini for a 1-0 lead at the 48:54 mark.
But Hofstra put some pressure on the Nittany Lions with four shots. But it wasn’t until a foul was called just inside the Penn State defensive end that the Pride could capitalize. Griebsch took the free kick from about 40-yards and sent a low liner into the box that Botte deflected with his back heel just enough to get by Andrew Wolverton and knot the score.
The Nittany Lions controlled play in the first overtime, but Pellegrini came up with a brilliant save and then Penn State had the apparent game-winning goal off of the rebound called off for offsides. In the second overtime, Hofstra managed one shot that went wide.
Pellegrini finished with seven saves on the night, while Wolverton made just one.
Hofstra played without reigning CAA Defensive Player of the Year Shaun Foster, who missed the game due to a red card suspension.
The Pride wraps up the 2011 campaign Saturday night when No.12 James Madison comes to town for a 7 p.m. matchup.