Penn State-Behrend advances
Goal from freshman Belack gives Lions ninth consecutive win
ONEONTA, N.Y. -- Penn State-Behrend defeated Hobart 1-0 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Freshman Jimmy Belack netted his fifth goal of the season while Chris Bolea made two saves in net to give the Lions the victory.
For just the second time in school history, Behrend will advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Coming off a thrilling 1-0 win in the AMCC Championship game, the Lions defense continued to play strong, recording the team's seventh shut out in their last eight games.
Behrend put the pressure on early, scoring the games lone goal at the 17:17 mark. Peter Brower dished the ball to Belack who chipped in a drop back one touch off the left post.
Despite holding a 6-0 advantage in corner kicks during the first half, the Lions were only able to generate one goal. Behrend would take the 1-0 lead into halftime.
With the second half under way, Hobart came out fast. The Statesmen outshot the Lions 7-1 in the second half and tallied six corner kicks. Yet, it was the Behrend defense that continued turn away Hobart.
As time was winding down, the Statemen made one final effort. Hobart fired three unanswered shots with two being blocked and one hitting the post. As the clock hit 90:00, the Lions had earned their ninth consecutive win.
Behrend will now play the winner of the Oneonta/Baldwin-Wallace game at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.