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Penn State Men's Soccer Canadian Trip: Day Two

June 19, 2016
The Penn State men's soccer team has embarked on an eight day trip to Canada where it will not only take part in international competition but also see the sites of the country. Through the student-athletes own words this blog will chronicle the trip on and off the field. The Nittany Lions left State College Saturday, June 18 to head to their first stop. The first blog was written by junior Aymar Sigue, redshirt-sophomore Ryan Gallagher and senior Riley Grant.

Day Two (Sunday June 20) - Penn State vs. Vaughan and Dave and Buster's

Aymar Sigue - Jr. - Forward

Less than 24 hours after arriving in Canada our team had to play against one of the best clubs in the area. The game was played at 11:45 a.m. in what would have been perfect beach weather with 90-degree heat, unfortunately those same conditions aren't ideal for a soccer game. Even though most of the guys were tired from the previous day, which was full of traveling and site seeing, Coach Warming expects nothing less than a complete performance offensively and defensively. 

Before the game started, Coach told us to start the game as if we were losing 1-0 in order to motivate the team into getting an early lead and playing the game with intensity. This proved to be effective because we went up 2-0 early in the first half before conceding a goal against the run of play through a penalty shot. We demonstrated our resilience by continuing to play our intense style of soccer which enabled us to score two more goals. We went into half time with a 4-1 lead. Unfortunately, the effects of the long trip started to present themselves during the second half and we conceded a second goal near the end of the game which made the final score 4-2. Although the performance was not perfect, playing against one of the best local teams was a great opportunity for us to learn and improve as a team.

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Ryan Gallagher - R-So. - Defender

So far, I am definitely loving the 6ix (Toronto)! Today was my favorite day because today was the first day we got to play soccer. Today we played a talented young team in Vaughan. This is the club that our fellow teammate Dayonn Harris played for before he came to Penn State. It was very hot outside, and our feet were burning up because we were playing on turf, which is not what we were used to playing on. The final score of the game was 4-2, with a goal apiece from Dayonn and Aymar Sigue and two goals from Connor Maloney.

All four of our goals were scored within the first 18 minutes of the match which means that we definitely had dominated and controlled the pace of the game from the start for the first 20 minutes. After a good stretch of buildup involving our defensive midfielder and our attacking midfielders we got fouled near the opponent's bench. Connor, always alert, got the ball and quickly played a ball thru to Dayonn, who beat his defender using his speed and slotted it home near the far post. Aymar was in a great position for his goal, as Dayonn crossed a ball to Riley Grant, who took a shot on goal that the keeper deflected right to Aymar and he put it in the back of the net. For Connor's first goal, it was a penalty kick. Aymar had used a great shot fake and was fouled inside the 18-yard box. Connor then stepped up and hit a cheeky chip right down the middle. For Connor's second goal, the only way to describe it was that he used nothing but will power to score. Sam Bollinger dribbled into the box and went into a 50/50 challenge and when the ball popped out, Connor went to the floor and slide tackled the ball into the back of the net. It truly was a great display of Connor's will to score goals and win.  Dayonn scored the fourth goal on the grounds where he did much of his youth training on a lightning fast outside to inside run across the back line and got a great ball from Connor that he faced up to the goal and scored. 

I'm looking forward to playing Vaughan's PDL team on Tuesday and it should be a great contest.

Riley Grant - Sr. - Forward

Today we played a young talented Vaughan team after a long day of traveling the day before. Even though we were a bit tight and sore after travel, Coach Warming told us there is no excuse and we needed to be mentally ready to play, and if we were, we would be successful. We took care of business scoring four goals in the first 20 minutes of the match. Two from Connor, and one each from Canada's own, Dayonn and Aymar.

It was a great win but the fun didn't stop there. After the game we got a few hours to rest up and then the whole team got together to head to Dave and Buster's. The competition in the game room of Dave and Buster's was just as competitive as the soccer game we played earlier. Everyone was having a fun time playing all of the games and it was great way to end the day with another team bonding experience.  Ryan Gallagher won some teeth with his tickets from the games!  


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We are taking on Canada one day at a time and it has been a great experience so far, with much more excitement still to come. 

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