By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Every class
leaves their mark on a program, something unique and something memorable about
that particular group that no amount of years can erase. For the Penn State men's
soccer team, there's no exception.
Four years together, through ups and
downs, these nine seniors are about to graduate and all they've accomplished
won't be forgotten at Jeffrey Field anytime soon.
"Every single guy in this group has
had their own unique journey through Penn State and in this program, some of
them have play a lot of minutes and some have played very few. However, they
have all been so tight and such a good family who support each other in so many
ways. Those are the members that they'll remember and each will be remembered
for what he brought to the program," stated Head Coach Bob Warming.
From Tempe, Ariz., Matt Bersano
completed his undergrad at Oregon State University then transferred to Penn
State this August to start graduate school and pursue soccer.
Although he's only been with the
team for one season, he felt right at home in Happy Valley with his fellow
"These guys were all very welcoming
and very comforting. I got two weeks before preseason to
After Penn State Bersano has a dream
of continuing soccer at the next level," stated Bersano.
After Gonzalez transferred to Penn
State his sophomore year, he's never looked back on his decision.
"I love Penn State, it was probably
one of the best decisions of my life transferring and I've gotten so close with
these guys the past few years," stated Gonzalez.
After the season ends Gonzalez plans
to enjoy the rest of his senior year and continue looking for a job after
As one of the three captains on the
team, James has been a huge influence on the men's soccer team the past two
years after he transferred from Virginia.
"These guys are like my brothers, I
can always turn to them or ask them for help when I need anything. It's been
great being able to be a part of this team and playing for Penn State," said
Currently a Communication Arts &
Sciences major, James wants to continue playing soccer after graduation.
After battling a series of injuries
throughout his soccer career, Kaschak still remains a vital part of the team on
the field and often noted for his dedication to soccer and his academics.
"It's been an unbelievable
experience being on this team. Playing Division I soccer really has shaped me
into the person I am today and greatly influenced my time at this university," stated
Kaschak. "I've had some of my toughest moments through soccer but always coming
back from it and having the team behind me really taught me things beyond the
Aiming to take the MCAT in June,
Kaschak wants to continue his education at medical school to pursue a career in
Originally from Gibsonia, Pa.
Klingenberg comes from a soccer family. His older sister is on the Women's
National Team, who won the World Cup last summer. Although his sister is
clearly talented, Drew was able to make his own legacy here at Penn State
"My four years here and on the team
have been unbelievable. I'm at one of the best universities in the country
playing with some of my best friends so it's nothing short of an unbelievable
experience," stated Klingenberg.
Currently a marketing major, after
the season ends Klingenberg is going to enjoy the rest of his senior year.
With his hometown being Derwood, Md.,
Lee transferred to Penn State after his freshman year at High Point University.
After transferring, he quickly became a leader on the team and a vital part of
Penn State's defense.
"It's been an amazing experience on
the team. I transferred to Penn State and the guys welcomed me in open arms and
I've become so close with everyone on the team," stated Lee.
After Penn State, Lee plans to go
back to school or go play soccer in Asia.
Originally from Yardley, Pa.,
MacDonald has been a standout player for both his soccer skills and dedication
to his academics.
"Coming to Penn State and begin a
student-athlete here has been a dream of mine since I was growing up," stated
MacDonald. "I've learned a lot both on the field and in the classroom so
although it's bittersweet to see it come to an end I'm excited for the future
and feel well prepared due to my time here."
After graduation, MacDonald wants to
pursue a career in architectural engineering and possibly designing arenas one
day. He will also graduate from the honors college of Penn State.
Being from Belle Mead, New Jersey,
Mayewski grew up a Penn State fan and even had an uncle who was also a student-athlete
for the university. Mayewski has been a
part of the team all four years as a defensive player.
"Being on the team was really cool.
One of the best things for me is the lessons I learned from soccer. I'll take them
with me beyond graduation. I'll miss this program but I'm happy with the impact
we were able to leave behind," stated Mayewski.
Mayewski will be graduating with a
degree in Recreation Park Tourism Management (RPTM) and will be enjoying the
rest of his time in Happy Valley as a senior after the season.
One of the four goalkeepers for the
Nittany Lions, Sheerin has been a part of the team since his freshman year in
2011. Originally from College Park, Md., Sheerin was raised in a true Penn
"Being on the team was a great experience
and helped make my Penn State experience unforgettable. Playing soccer with
these guys is always something I could look forward to every day and even after
graduation I want to come back and visit everyone," stated Sheerin.
After the season, Sheerin will enjoy
the rest of his time at Penn State and graduate in December with a degree in
supply chain management.
All nine seniors will be honored at
the annual Senior Day match on Sunday, Nov.1 at Jeffrey Field. The Nittany
Lions will kick off against Northwestern at 12:00 p.m.