The Penn State Nittany Lions defeated the Bucknell Bison 2-0 at Jeffrey Field Wednesday night. On another cold and rainy evening, the Nittany Lions carried the run of play but were unable to find the back of the net until Brian Devlin's fantastic strike from about 24 yards out with 20 minutes to go (Chad Severs assisted on the goal). Chad Severs gave Penn State an insurance goal a few minutes later when he slid to knock home Richard Costanzo's cross. The Nittany Lions outshot the Bison 7-4. Bucknell played an offsides-trap-bunker of sorts, and I was surprised that they tallied even four shots as their counter-attacks were not very threatening. Penn State had three shots cleared off the line in the first half and Simon Omekanda smacked a shot off the post in the second. But in the end, a 2-0 win is satisfying for a team that had been inconsistent of late. Penn State improves to 7-3-5 and continues their homestand on Sunday, hosting Big Ten rival Michigan State at 2:00 pm. Penn State continues to play without injured starters Gabe Bernstein and Pasi Karppinen, seniors whose leadership and organization in the back have been missed. But in their absence Markku Viitanen has played great. David Walters and Brian Devlin continue to be excellent in a very strong Penn State midfield that also features Mike Lindemann and Richard Costanzo, although Costanzo drives me mad with his incessant attempts to beat everyone off the dribble. He finally realized in the second half that by using his speed and crossing ability out wide, he can be very dangerous. It should be interesting to see if Barry Gorman moves Costanzo to forward next year when Severs graduates, or instead leaves him out wide to keep his midfield intact. Freshman Conrad Taylor notches his 4th shutout this season, though as I said, he wasn't really tested much.