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Through two seasons in Happy Valley, redshirt junior midfielder Michael Gonzalez has struggled to see much playing time, fighting through injuries to make only an occasional appearance off the bench for Penn State. Since transferring from Lehigh and sitting out a year, the Berwyn native has made just eight appearances and until Sunday all were off the bench.
His first start couldn't have come at a more critical time for the Nittany Lions, losers of three straight after starting the season 10-0-1. Hosting Wisconsin and knotted at 1 a piece into the second overtime, Gonzalez put his team back in the win column with a long-range golden goal winner.
Penn State forward Connor Maloney delivered an assist on the first goal of the game, his third of the season to go with nine goals. Maloney's ninth goal came in the third straight loss for the team against West Virginia.
Gonzalez wasn't the only college player with Union Academy experience to score a surprising game-winner in recent weeks. Memphis junior defender Quincy Thomas found the back of the net for the first time this season with a game winner in an upset of USF in Tampa on Saturday. The goal was just the second of Thomas's career and the first since his freshman season.
Lehigh freshman forward Doyle Tuvesson has been a regular this season in the scoresheet for the Mountain Hawks. His assist on the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Army and a goal earlier the week in 4-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson helped him collect his third Patriot League Rookie of the Week honor. The Kennet Square native now has four goals and three assists for the year.
La Salle junior midfielder Joe Farrell scored the winner in a 2-1 victory for the Explorers over cross-town rivals St. Joseph's last Friday. It was his fifth goal of the season and his third game-winner.
On the defensive side of the field, James Madison redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Morton was named Colonial Athletic Association player of the week after picking up back-to-back clean sheets. The West Chester native made eight saves in a 2-0 win over the College of Charleston on Oct. 22 and three saves in a scoreless draw with Elon on Sunday. He now has six clean sheets on the season and seven for his career.
Duquesne goalkeeper Sam Frymier also recorded a clean sheet with three saves on Sunday, his second of the season, in a 4-0 win over George Washington.