Penn (3-3-1), who stopped a two-game losing streak in the process, took an early lead when Gorrie scored off a pass from Tyler Mather
(Jr., Des Moines, Iowa Western CC). The assist was Mather's second of 2010.
The visitors took a 2-0 lead into the break on an Antonio Ramirez
(Fr., Dallas, Texas, Skyline HS) goal with the assist going to Jordan Hoffman
(Fr., Hyde Park, Utah, Skyview HS). It was Ramirez's second goal of the year and Hoffman's second assist.
The Spires (1-3) bounced back after the break with back-to-back goals before Gorrie broke the tie and gave his team the road win off a pass from Brandon Nicholson
(So., Cedar Falls, Cedar Falls HS). Gorrie now leads Penn with five goals. Nicholson's assist was his second of the campaign.
Penn dominated the stat sheet with a 31-13 shot advantage, led by seven shots each via Gorrie and Mather.Tadeo Cavazos
(Sr., Baytown, Texas, Lee HS) recorded five shots in the win.
"The first half was an exciting half for us," Statesmen Head Coach Kevin Rushing
said. "It was good to see some of the younger guys mixing it up and the second goal was an all-freshman setup."
"We had some letdowns in the second half and gave up some goals, but we managed to fight through it," Rushing added. "We played the way we needed to in order to win. Brandon Nicholson
played well on the outside and he found Nick Gorrie
on a great run for the game winner."Next:
Penn travels to Atchison, Kan. next Tuesday to face #9 nationally-ranked Benedictine in non-conference play at 7 p.m.