Penn State's soccer team, fresh from a 3-1 conquest of Gettysburg Saturday, shoots for its first winning season since 1958 against Pitt today at Beaver Field. Game time is 2:30 p.m.
It will be a season's finale for the Lions who stand 4-4. Last year Ken Hosterman's squad compiled a 3-6 record.
Seniors In Finale
A victory would be a fitting finale for the 10 seniors playing their last game today. Along with captain and center forward Deiter Heinze, those bowing out are goalies Stu Ross and Jay Robins, fullbacks Bill Manke and Mickey Mastil, halfbacks Harry Kline, Al Cashie and George Williams, inside Al Miaga and wingman Ted Jones. Center forward Andy Honker, also a senior, will miss the game because of a leg fracture suffered in the Army game.
The Lions were in command all the way against Gettysburg. Nizar Al-Talib, the team's top scorer, slammed a goal in the nets just as the buzzer sounded ending the first period. He added another at the 20:17 mark of the second stanza to give State a 2-0 halftime advantage. John Katona scored the Lions' other goal at 8:48 of the third frame.
Gettysburg reserve Jim Dubick save the Bullets from a shutout when he scored at 2:28 of the last quarter.
Hope To Repeat
Today the Lions will be hoping for a repeat of last year's Pitt-State battle. The Nittanies entered that game as decided underdogs but upset the powerful Panthers, 2-1.
There is a little less bite to accompany the Panther snarl this year. Pitt, idle since Nov. 9 when it downed Lock Haven, is 5-4 and today's contest marks the end of a big rebuilding season for coach Leo Bemis.
Lose Nine Lettermen
The Panthers, 7-2-2 a year ago, lost nine lettermen either via graduation or for academic reasons. Included in the former group are such standouts as Paul Lieberati, two-year All-American, Bob Cuthbert, the school's career scoring record holder, backs Charlie Dunbar and Rich Venglik and linesman Jerry Yospin.
The nucleus of the Panther offense consists of veteran wingmen George Shimpeno and Dave Reichenbach, both juniors. Bruno Schwartz, a senior letterman, has been a stady playmaker at inside right.
Pitt's defense is built around letterman Tom Staab at goal and Andy McGraw at center half. Jay Sprecher, a Junior College All-American transfer student from Connecticut, also has been a big help on defense.