Rams Win Third in a Row with 1-0 Blanking of Penn State

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

RHODE ISLAND (3-0)
Starters:
Penske (GK), Karterud, Kristiansen, Middrup, Trcka, Benco, Zarokostas, Richter, Sunde, Dickson, Daley
Substitutes: Gaudreau, Sherman, Cook

PENN STATE (1-2)
Starters:
Levine (GK), Hackenberg, Pritchatt, Rafanello, Molloy, Maloney, Beckford, Deeds, Marks, Gallagher, Pilato
Substitutes: Sload, Conneh, Ireland, Bringolf

Scoring Summary
52:45 - URI - Dickson (Richter)

How it Happened
The Rams extended their winning streak to three in a row with a 1-0 victory over Penn State Friday night at the URI Soccer Complex.

Rhode Island kept the pressure on the Nittany Lions throughout the first half, holding a 9-4 advantage in shots. Stavros Zarokostas, Ludvik Benco, and Dominik Richter strung together a play that threatened to give the Rams the lead in the 35th minute, but Richter's shot was stopped by goalkeeper Josh Levine. Both teams remained scoreless in the first half, taking their 0-0 tie into halftime. 

Rhody later netted the first and only goal of the night in the 53rd minute when Tyler Dickson knocked a header into the top of the net, off of a corner kick from Richter. Dickson's first goal of the season gave Rhode Island a 1-0 edge. 

A foul in the 84th minute set up a penalty kick for Penn State. Aaron Molloy took the shot, but Rhode Island caught a break when the ball bounced off the crossbar and out of bounds. From there, the Rams held onto their lead for a 1-0 victory. 

Inside the Box Score

  • Graduate student Tyler Dickson recorded his first goal of the season. 
  • Senior Dominik Richter took a team-high five shots in addition to picking up his third assist of the season. 
  • Freshman goalkeeper Roger Penske stopped all three shots he face to pick up his third consecutive shutout.
  • The win marked the first time since 1995 that Rhode Island has started its season with three shutouts. That season, the Rams downed Canisius (4-0), Rider (3-0) and Maine (2-0) to get off to a 3-0 start.
  • The Rhody victory also was Rhode Island's first win over a current member of the Big Ten Conference since defeating Rutgers 3-1 in 1986.
  • Rhody held a 6-3 advantage in shots on goal and out-cernered PSU by an 8-2 margin.
  • A total of 31 fouls were called in the game; 16 against Penn State and 15 against Rhode Island. 

Up Next
The Rams take on Holy Cross at the URI Soccer Complex in a 7 p.m. match this Wednesday night.