Penn State men's soccer shuts out conference foe Michigan in 1-0 win
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Connor Maloney scored in the 57th minute and Andrew Wolverton had four saves to lead No. 7 Penn State past Michigan 1-0 on Sunday at U-M Soccer Stadium. Wolverton became the all-time shutout leader in Penn State history with his 29th clean sheet.
"I told the players after the match that I will make sure that in the record book all their names are listed next to Wolverton's shutout today," head coach Bob Warming said. "We are all about getting a win in our program. It's not about personal records, but this is a special moment in Penn State soccer history and I want everybody to know it's the whole team that gets a shutout. Andrew would be the first one to say that."
With all the pressure coming from the Wolverines, Penn State (8-0-1, 3-0-0 Big Ten) broke out with a counter attack to capture its lead. A combination play was snuffed out by the Michigan defense, but Owen Griffith settled the situation in the middle of the field connecting on a give-and-go with Kyle MacDonald on a back-heeled pass.
Griffith sent a ball out wide right to Mikey Minutillo who one-timed a cross along the ground to Maloney at the six-yard area. Maloney created a bit of separation at the near post and beat Adam Grinwis for the 1-0 lead.
Michigan (1-4-2, 0-1-2) controlled most of the play in the second half and nearly tied the game in the 82nd minute as Tyler Arnone's rocket from 18 yards out required a sprawling save from Wolverton to his left. The shot was destined for the right-side netting.