There were major implications in the Big Ten standings for both Penn State and Maryland with only two games remaining before the Big Ten tournament.
That meant Tuesday’s contest between the two sides meant a little bit more than normal.
It was a back and forth game from the start with highlight-reel goals from both teams, though ultimately the Terrapins emerged victorious 3-2 in overtime.
Maryland came out strong and put pressure on the Penn State defense from the start, which the Nittany Lions seemed to struggle with for most of the game.
On the offensive side of the ball, Ethan Beckford showed his speed down the flanks early on in the game and was a presence for the Nittany Lions the whole game pressuring the Maryland defense.
Austin Maloney also had a great chance in the 10th minute but his shot was directed right at the Maryland keeper for an easy save.
Josh Levine was back in goal after missing the last few matches and had his hands full after constant pressure from the Terps. Levine showed no signs of rust after making multiple crucial saves throughout the game.
The Nittany Lions’ defense had trouble working out of the back and it burned them after failing to clear the ball out of their own box, which lead to a goal for Maryland’s Vinicius Lansade in the 26th minute.
After allowing the goal in the 26th minute, the Nittany Lions started to pick up their pace and started moving the ball more successfully, but were unable to get a goal for their efforts.
In the 44th minute Callum Pritchatt had a giveaway in the middle of the field which lead to an important second goal for Maryland right before the half.
Penn State pushed quickly up the field and was rewarded with a free kick with 24 seconds remaining, The ball bounced around and landed to Molloy’s feet, who scored a long shot from 30 yards out with 1 second left to get the Nittany Lions a goal before the half.
Penn State came out of the half strong but were unable to be rewarded for their efforts.
Molloy almost had himself another goal, but his effort went over the bar.
From start to finish, Molloy was creating and finishing chances for the Nittany Lions and weaving through defenders to maintain possession in tight situations.
Despite coming out of the half applying heavy pressure against the Maryland defense, the Nittany Lions were slowed down for the next 20 minutes, having trouble working out of the back and finding open teammates.
Jeremy Rafanello left the game with an apparent left leg injury and didn’t return for the rest of the game, which can be crucial for the Nittany Lions heading into the B1G tournament.
The Nittany Lions broke through with 7 minutes remaining in the second half to tie the game at 2-2 as Noah Pilato’s volley found the back of the net.
Neither team was able to find a game winner in the remaining time of regulation, and the game headed to overtime.
Levine had another big save on his line with 1 minute remaining in the first OT from a header inside the 6 yard box. As Penn State looked to find the game winner, Maryland beat them to it.
In the second OT with 3 minutes remaining, Maryland was able to find the late game winner.
Penn State falls to 5-8-2 on the season and will host Rutgers in their final game of the year at Jeffrey Field on Sunday, October 28th at 4:00.