Courtesy of Akron Athletic Communications
AKRON, Ohio – Aodhan Quinn scored two goals, both off a free kick, to help the ninth-ranked University of Akron men's soccer team to a 2-1 comeback win in double overtime versus 11th-ranked Penn State on a windy and rainy Wednesday night at FirstEnergy Stadium – Cub Cadet Field.
Quinn's fourth goal of the season, and third gamewinner, came in the 105th minute as his indirect free kick from the right side found the left corner of the goal and extended the Akron (13-3-1) win streak to three matches and its unbeaten stretch to seven (6-0-1).
Quinn evened the score at 1-all in the 82nd minute when he tucked a free kick from the top of the box inside the right post. Following the scoring sequence, Penn State (11-5-1) defender Akil Howard was issued a red card after an altercation with UA's Robbie Derschang. The Nittany Lions were forced to play down a man from that point.
Quinn's equalizer came after a trio of near scoring misses by the Zips late in regulation. A shot by Adam Najem in the 68th minute hit the left post, while headers by Reinaldo Brenes in the 76th minute and Zac Portillos in the 79th minute both went wide left.
Akron outshot the opposition 32-10, including an 11-5 margin in shots on goal. The Zips had three shots on goal and 11 total shots in the first half.
Connor Maloney was responsible for the lone score of the evening by PSU in the 39th minute. He struck from 10 yards out from the right side of the box after controlling a pass from Michael Gonzalez.
UA goalkeeper Fernando Pina recorded four saves in the winning effort, while PSU 'keeper Andrew Wolverton had nine saves in the loss.
The Zips close out the regular season with a Mid-American Conference match at Western Michigan on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET. A win over the Broncos would give UA its ninth-consecutive MAC regular-season title and earn it the right to host the conference tournament on Nov. 15 and 17.
Zips Notebook: Aodhon Quinn's game-winning strike was the sixth for UA this season that came after the 75th minute of play ... Quinn is now responsible for two of those gamerwinners, including a goal in the 80th minute of a 2-0 win at College of Charleston (Aug. 30) ... this was Akron's fifth overtime match of the season and first since a 2OT scoreless tie versus Michigan State (Oct. 23) ... the team improved to 3-1-1 in those overtime affairs ... UA is 3-0-1 against the Big Ten this season and 9-0-2 versus that league since 2012 ... the Zips improved their all-time series mark versus Penn State to 16-12-5.