Penn (2-1-1) lost a 4-1 decision to Friends Friday, but score several late goals Saturday to knock off Ottawa 3-2. Both programs are members of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.Nick Gorrie
(Fr., Kilmarnock, Scotland, Grange Academy) scored the lone goal for the Statesmen against the Falcons, his second score of the year.
"We had a lot of mental letdowns on Friday," Statesmen Head Coach Kevin Rushing
said. "We played hard, but just made some bad mistakes. We were also playing on turf which was tough for us. We over compensated on some balls and got ourselves in trouble. The fact we gave up two own goals did not help either."
Penn was again struggling over 24 hours later against the Braves of Ottawa, falling behind 2-0 early in the second half before Rushing made some major position changes.
Fortunately, they worked and the Statesmen were able to chew back into the game with goals by Mark Dryden
(Fr., Arbroath, Scotland, Arbroath HS) at the 74:00 mark and Daniel Beseau
(Fr., Florissant, Mo., Timberland HS) in the 80th minute (assist went to Dryden). For both, the goals were their first collegiately.
Then, with only 2:20 left on the clock and the teams almost assuredly headed for an extra period, Dryden scored again and Penn held on for the victory.
Beseau paced his squad with five shots as the Statesmen were narrowly outshot 22-21. Amidst their comeback, the visitors actually held a 15-9 edge in the second half.
Defensively, Sam Gurski
(Fr., Beaumont, Texas, West Brook HS) finished with seven saves to collect the victory.
"We started the game timid and flat, but we had a completely different and amazing second half," Rushing said. "The guys trusted each other and they made it happen after the break. It makes the trip back home a lot nicer."Next:
Penn returns home Wednesday to host Missouri Valley in non-conference action at 4 p.m.