UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State Athletics events schedule is rolling along with men's soccer set to officially open its 2017 season Friday evening. The Nittany Lions welcome Hofstra for a 7 p.m. matchup at Jeffrey Field.
Ahead of the opener, catch up with Penn State head coach Bob Warming, redshirt junior Dani Marks and sophomore Pierre Reedy for a closer look inside preseason training and what to look forward to in 2017.
Eleven Themes for Eleven Weeks
Penn State head coach Bob Warming noted that this year the Nittany Lions have 11 themes that correspond with the 11 weeks of the regular season. Selected by the team, the themes surround a building identity, encompassing everything from what they want to be to the legacy they want to leave behind.
Leading the Way
Warming and the Nittany Lion coaching staff selected Marks as the team's 2017 team captain. While Warming noted that Marks will possibly be joined by a few of the team's selections. For Warming, Marks embodies an exemplarily men's soccer student-athlete, so much so that he was selected in the spring season.
Of the seven Nittany Lions joining the roster in 2017, five call home somewhere outside the United States. Adding to an already diverse group, the unit is already getting acclimated to each other.
"It's cool to have a lot of the international guys come in," Reedy said. "You get to learn a little bit about their culture, they are all funny guys we mess around with each other and we're all getting to know each other's playing styles."
Following Friday's home opener against Hofstra, Penn State will head to California for a five-day trip that includes pair of west coast matchups at UC Irvine and Loyola Marymount.
"I think the trip is important because it's a long trip and it's one more chance for the guys to bond," Warming said.
the Team Night!
Ahead of the home opener, the Nittany Lions will host a team meet and greet with the Sons of Jeffrey, the official student section organization exclusively for men's soccer. Free food, games and even a student wing eating contest are among the activities set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on Little Jeffery (adjacent to Jeffrey Field).
Join us tomorrow night at Jeffrey Field for a FREE BBQ with the team! pic.twitter.com/5qUQFHW49P-- #PennStateMSOC (@PennStateMSOC) August 22, 2017