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Penn State Harrisburg picked up a huge win in men's soccer over 11th-ranked Christopher Newport, 3-1 on Saturday, Oct. 25 in Middletown.
With the win, the Lions (12-4) equaled a team-record total for victories in one season, with one more regular-season match remaining before the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs.
The conference playoffs are not locked in, but look to be within reach for the Lions as they continue on their tear.
The Blue & White came into Saturday's matchup with Christopher Newport hoping to get a step closer to the CAC playoffs and possibly lock down a first-round bye in the postseason.
After honoring five seniors, three of which were starters for the Lions this season, Penn State Harrisburg took the field for this very intriguing CAC showdown between two top conference contenders.
Penn State Harrisburg got off to a quick start as junior standout Aaron Kline got the ball rolling with his eighth goal of the season just 12:00 into the game.
Alex Panuccio found the back of the net not too long after, connecting on a penalty kick in the 31st minute to give the Lions a 2-0 advantage.
The Captains (12-3-4) refused to give up as they fired shot after shot toward the Penn State Harrisburg goal. Lion goalkeeper Brandon Hoover came up huge for Penn State Harrisburg, saving a penalty kick, then getting off the ground in time to stop a deflection seconds later to keep the Captains from scoring.
Despite being outshot 20 to 7, Penn State Harrisburg stood strong on defense for the victory, the Lions' second over a Division III nationally-ranked opponent.
"All season we have tried to keep the focus on the team performance rather than the outcome,'' said Penn State Harrisburg Coach Seamus Donnelly. "If we keep performing to our highest level, then we know we have a good chance in every game."