Lions' Season Ends With Overtime Loss to Pitt-Greensburg

Photo: Penn State Altoona senior Seth Murrelle scored his team-high seventh goal of the season in Tuesday night's loss to Pitt-Greensburg.
Photo: Penn State Altoona senior Seth Murrelle scored his team-high seventh goal of the season in Tuesday night's loss to Pitt-Greensburg.

ALVERTON, Pa. - Penn State Altoona men's soccer experienced a bitter end to its 2017 season on Tuesday evening, losing 3-2 in overtime to Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Pitt-Greensburg at Southmoreland High School's Russ Grimm Field.

Seth Murrelle (Sayre, PA/Sayre), playing in his final career game, scored his team-best seventh goal of the season for the Lions (3-14, 2-7 AMCC), while Antonio Mandell (Broomall, PA/Marple Newtown) notched his second goal of the year. Joe Koontz (Everett, PA/Everett) got the start between the pipes for Penn State Altoona and made three saves in the loss.

After a first half that saw neither team score, Mandell put Penn State Altoona on the board early in the second half. Ben Jago (Allentown, PA/Parkland) fired a shot on goal that was saved, but it deflected right to Mandell, who put it in the net at 54:14 to give the Lions a 1-0 lead.

But less than one minute later, Pitt-Greensburg (5-10-1, 3-6 AMCC) answered the Lions' score with a goal of their own to tie the game 1-1. After a pass from Tyrell Cheeseboro, Alex Fell sent a shot into the lower left corner of the goal at 55:04 to even the score.

Murrelle put Penn State Altoona back in the lead at 66:13, when his bending shot from 35 yards out found the back of the net to give the Lions a 2-1 advantage.

But less than one minute from the end of regulation, Pitt-Greensburg came up with the game-tying goal. A long throw-in found Nick Bono, whose header shot beat the keeper to tie the game 2-2 at the 89:22 mark.

The Bobcats prevailed 4:03 into overtime, when Pitt-Greensburg's Nick Thomas sent a shot past the keeper to give his team a one-goal victory.

Penn State Altoona held an 18-11 lead over Pitt-Greensburg in total shots attempted, and the Lions also led 9-6 in shots on goal. Corner kicks were tied 2-2.

The Lions' Jordan Crist (Alum Bank, PA/Chestnut Ridge) led all players on the night with eight total shot attempts and three shots on goal. Mandell and Murrelle each finished with two shots on goal.

Penn State Altoona men's soccer ends its season with a 3-14 overall record, which includes a 2-7 mark in the AMCC.

Notes: For senior forwards Murrelle and Coltin Ebersole (Roaring Spring, PA/Northern Bedford), tonight's contest was the final game of their four-year careers with Penn State Altoona men's soccer...Murrelle's goal in tonight's game gave him sole possession of second place on the Lions' all-time goals scored list with 21 in his career.