Nittany Lions Knock Off Hokies in Overtime
Penn State needs late goal to win 2-1
September 18, 2004

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State's Richard Costanzo netted the game-winning goal 7:35 into overtime as the host Nittany Lions knocked off Virginia Tech Friday evening at the refurbished Jeffrey Field. Penn State improved to 2-0-3 on the season while the Hokies fell to 3-3.

Simon Omekanda opened the scoring at the 21:45 mark as he recorded his third goal of the season when he blasted a shot from five yards out off a cross from Mike Lindemann for a 1-0 lead. David Walters was also credited with an assist on the play.

In the opening half, the home team tallied eight shots to zero for Tech. The Nittany Lions also had five corner kicks in the period.

At the 71:45 plateau, Bailey Allman notched his third goal of the season and tied the score at 1-1. He headed the ball from eight yards out off a long pass from Ian Taylor.

Both teams had chances to win the game in regulation but neither team converted their opportunities.

After a flurry in front of the net, Costanzo got a good view at the net and put the ball past Tech's Chase Harrison for the win. Brian Devlin headed the ball to Chad Severs who played the ball back to Costanzo in the closing seconds. Devlin and Severs were credited with assists on the play.

For the game, No. 13 Penn State totaled 17 shots to six for the Hokies. The Nittany Lions also dominated the corner kicks, tallying 11 while Tech had none for the game. The two goalkeepers each recorded two saves on the evening.

The teams combined for 27 fouls in the contest, with Penn State totaling 15 and Tech with the other 12. Four yellow cards were given, including two to the Hokies' Magnus Einarsson, which left Tech playing a man down for most of the second half and the entire overtime. Brent Dillie also received a yellow card for the Hokies. Penn State's Markku Viitanen was issued a yellow card.

Virginia Tech will play Ohio State on Sunday at 4 p.m. The Buckeyes lost to Akron by a 3-1 decision prior to Tech's game Saturday.