New Kensington, Pa. - The Penn State New Kensington men's soccer team picked up its first Penn State University Athletic Conference victory against Penn State York Saturday afternoon. The win evens New Kensington's PSUAC record to 1-1 and improves its overall record to 2-3. York falls to 0-4 and 0-2 in the PSUAC.
In the 25th minute, sophomore midfielder Andrew Perenic (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine-Richland) served up a corner kick to junior defender Nicholas Nicassio (Greensburg, Pa./Greensburg Salem). Nicassio got his head on the ball and drove it into the back of the net to put New Kensington up 1-0. Just a minute later, freshman midfielder Benjamin Midlik (Hempfield Twp., Pa./ Hempfield) connected on a ball from 20 yards out, sending it into the upper left corner of the goal just out of reach of York's keeper.
In similar fashion, fellow freshman Nolan Johngarlo (Apollo, Pa./Kiski Area) rocketed a shot from 22 yards out that beat the keeper into the upper left corner in the 76th minute to put New Kensington up 3-0. Freshman Brady Braun (Harrison City, Pa./Penn Trafford) capped off the scoring when he finished a pass from sophomore Mitchell Kuczynski (Natrona Heights, Pa./St. Joseph) four minutes later.
Freshman goal keeper Christopher Zolet (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) recorded three saves in his second shutout of the season.
New Kensington will be back on the PSNK Soccer Field tomorrow for a 2:00 p.m. game against Penn State Hazleton.