Gravatt's goal propels men's soccer to NCAA second round

November 21, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Two second half goals, capped off by Penn State sophomore Brett Gravatt's first of the season, proved to be the difference as the Nittany Lions men's soccer team (13-5-1) defeated Hartwick (6-10-4) Thursday night at Jeffrey Field. Gravatt's score came in the 74th minute as both teams were tied at one apiece when the midfielder curled a shot into the top left corner of the net, sending the Lion bench and the fans at Jeffrey Field into a frenzy.

The score by Gravatt (Dunn Loring, Va.) was the second Penn State goal in a 14 minute stretch, after the Hawks took a 1-0 lead early in the second half. PSU's first score came off the foot of senior Mikey Minutillo (San Jose, Calif.), who took a pass from Drew Klingenberg (Gibsonia, Pa.) and squibbed the ball past Hawks' goalie Tom Buckner to even the match at 1-1.

The Lions had a man advantage over the Hawks for the better part of the second half, after Hartwick's Jamie O'Grady received his second yellow card of the contest following some extra-curricular activity on the sidelines. The ejection came in the 64th minute and Gravatt's goal followed ten minutes later.

Hartwick scored their lone goal less than a minute into the second half, when striker Jhevaughn Beckford snuck one past Lion keeper Andrew Wolverton (Atlanta, Ga.) to make it 1-0. Wolverton finished the night with one save to push his season total to 56.

The Lions are now headed to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they will take on No. 9 seed Syracuse on Sunday, Nov. 23 in New York. For head coach Bob Warming, it's the second straight season his Penn State squad has marched on to the second round of the 48-team field.

--Penn State is now 28-30-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament

--The Lions have won three straight postseason matches at Jeffrey Field

--Brett Gravatt became the 11th different Penn State player to score this season

Last Updated November 21, 2014