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Recapping the Penn State Invitational

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After an emotional roller coaster of a weekend, we will be traveling to Connecticut this Thursday with a 1-1-1 record. On Friday night, coaches and spectators alike were treated to a fast-paced, end-to-end, 1-1 double overtime battle between our Nittany Lions and a very talented UVA squad.

Graham Hays from summed it up well when he said, "Penn State had the speed to take the game to one of the ACC's best teams for much of the night Friday but lacked the polish to finish it off. Virginia had the defense to absorb that speed and blunt most of the potential scoring chances -- and the offensive resilience to find a goal when it needed it late. Nobody won Friday night but both teams showed the attributes that should allow them to win with regularity as the season continues." Thanks so much to our record setting 3,912 fans for creating an electrifying atmosphere at Jeffrey Field and making Penn State the best place in the country to play college soccer!

Unfortunately, the energy and excitement surrounding Friday evening's match led to a very disappointing loss on Sunday against the Tribe from William & Mary. Simply put, our overall effort and mentality in Sunday afternoon's match, with tired legs on a hot day, was not good enough. We will need to continue to emphasize this "winning mentality" every day at training in order to learn how to fight through physical and mental fatigue. Nevertheless, we know we have a lot to build on and work through after the events of this past weekend.

In recapping this weekend's events, Steve Hughes did a nice job on the All-Sports Blog. We welcome him to the coverage team.

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