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By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The 2015 season was full of ups and downs for Penn State men's soccer team. Despite the dedication and handwork from all,the team fell in a heartbreaking overtime loss to Ohio State in the Big Ten Quarterfinals


However, this season was much more than a Cinderella story ended early. The men who created the 2015 Nittany Lions were family both on and off the field and played as such. Ending with an overall record of 7-8-2, the Blue and White have no regrets about how the team played this season.


"Despite any downs we had this season the team always kept our heads high," said veteran player Connor Maloney.


The Lions started the season strong and continued to battle throughout. They started the season with hosting opening weekend and clinching a win against San Francisco and tying with Navy. Throughout the season the team faced many tough components but always battled.


"Although the season didn't end the way we wanted it to I'm still extremely proud of the guys and we're going to miss a lot of the seniors next year," stated Maloney.


For the 2015 season, the team was led by nine seniors who will all greatly be missed next season. One thing that goes beyond the statistics is how close the members of this season's team were to one another.


"Both on and off the field these guys are some of my best friends-they're my family," said Maloney. "Being as close of a team we were, it makes everything easier. We get through the tough times together but on the same note we celebrate the big wins together as one family."


Throughout the season the Lions had their share of tough loses and ties, however they never lost hope. The team  was the definition of what it means to play as a family and they represented that throughout every match.


Moving on from the season, the Lions are taking what they learned from this year to grow.


"I think the guys now know what we're working with coming into the next year. We have the ability and the chemistry so I think we have potential to grow from this past season," stated Maloney.


Although the season didn't end exactly how the Nittany Lions wanted, this team will be remembered for never giving up and fighting together as one team.

By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Although every player on the Penn State men's soccer team stand out, three men stands out specifically: Brain James, Connor Maloney, and Dani Marks. These players all show leadership through both their actions, their words-and the armband.


Ranging from a graduating senior, a junior, and a redshirt-freshman all three were named captains for the Nittany Lions in the 2015 season.


All three vary in skills and leadership style; however each plays a crucial part in leading the team.


"Each one of them is very different as individuals, but each carries their own strengths in leading," said Head Coach Bob Warming. "Connor is the super fired up guy full of energy he can always boost the team spirit and then Brian is the quieter type of thinker, he's a little more selective of what he says. Dani is more of a boss guy in the background but although they're all different, they all work great together."


"All three of those guys play at different lines, you have Connor in the front, Brian as midfield, and Dani who oversees everything at defense. Each one of them not only has different positions but they have different personalities and can speak as leaders to different players on the team," stated Coach Warming.


Although this is his first season on the field, redshirt-freshman Dani Marks is already proving himself as a leader on the defensive line.


Before coming to Penn State he served in the Israel military than after he enrolled in the university to pursue his passion for soccer and education.


More of an observant leader, Marks prides himself on always listening to what others have to say and understanding the best way so he is able to communicate with the wide range of personalities on the team.


"Although I always try and do the right thing, if I do mess up I'm a little harder on myself since I am a captain and want to lead by example. I hold myself accountable being a captain," stated Marks.

"I want to make sure I'm helping my team on and off the field in any way I can."


Jumping from the defensive line to midfield, we have senior Brian James. The Florida native spent his first two years of college at Virginia and then moved to Happy Valley for his junior and senior seasons.


Since transferring, James has been an impact player for the Blue and White. In his first season on the team, he had seven assists and one goal, which led the Big Ten Conference. This season, he has three assist and two goals. Being one-of-three players to start all 16 matches, James has racked up 1249 minutes of play in 2015.


"It's a great group of guys and everybody brings some leadership to the team, I personally try to lead by example and always try to rally the team up whenever we're down," stated James. "It puts more pressure on me as a captain but it at the same time motivates me every day to be better for the greater good of the team."


Finally, the third of the captains is junior Connor Maloney. A highly decorated and respected player, Maloney has been a force to be recognized since leading the Big Ten in assists his freshman year than leading it in goals in his sophomore campaign.


In addition to leading by example, Maloney admits he's more of a vocal leader when it comes to his captain position.


"I would say I'm a vocal leader, I like to lead by example but at the same time I'm always there to rally the guys when they need it most, "stated Maloney. "I'm always trying to constantly work hard and improve for my team whether I'm a captain or not, the only thing that changed is I have a little more responsibility to the team with being a captain."


Although there's a clear difference in each of these players leadership style, all work together to lead the Nittany Lions to victory.


The team will be on the road this weekend to face Michigan State on Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. for the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at Ohio State. 

By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - There's all types of leaders in this world, although some aren't as vocally loud as others they can just be as influential with their actions.


Juniors Riley Grant and Mason Klerks might be two of the quietest guys on the Penn State men's soccer team, but they speak with their individual skills during the matches.


Both Grant and Klerks have played and started in 16 matches so far this season. They're two of just three players to start all 16 matches. Both men play vital rules for the Nittany Lions' lineup.


"Although Riley and Mason are both different style of players, but both are very quiet individuals," stated head coach Bob Warming. "Mason is a destroyer on the field; he gets a joy from taking the ball away from people and tackling them, while Riley is a creator, he sets the ball up so perfectly and loves creating plays for his team."


Currently, Grant has racked up 1,143 minutes this season compared to last season's 382. Additionally he has taken 14 shots, and added three assist while netting one goal for the Blue and White in the 2015 campaign.


"Riley is a great asset to this team and the way he can create plays is an incredible gift as a player," said Coach Warming.


Although Grant is a junior he has only been a Nittany Lion for two seasons due to playing his freshman year at University of Akron University and transferring to Penn State after.


"It's awesome being here at Penn State, the first year was sort of a learning curve but now that I'm fully used to everything it feels like home here," stated Grant. "I've grown so close with these other guys we're truly a family, whenever I'm in the game I'm constantly trying to help my team as much as I can so we can get the win."


While Grant is known for creating plays and assisting shots, Klerks is more about taking poison away from the other team.


"Klerks has such a high pain tolerance simply because he's so use to crashing into players to take away the ball in any means he can," said Coach Warming.


Originally from Corona, Calif., Klerks moved to State College to pursue soccer and his education at Penn State. Ever since his freshman year he has been a regular starter for the team, starting in 52 of his 56 games played throughout his career for the Blue and White.


"Ever since Mason got to this school he's been a consistent starter. He's the kind of guy we need on the team to show the other team they'll have to really fight to keep the ball away from us," said Coach Warming.


For the 2015 season, Klerks has racked up 1301 minutes with eight shots. Klerks is more of a defensive player and is known for always fighting for the ball.


"I think I play with a lot of heart and I try to showcase that whenever I'm playing," said Klerks.


Klerks credits his close bonds with his teammates as the drive that's always pushing him to improve.


"It's awesome being part of this team, these guys are my brothers and as a family I'm going to do whatever I can during the matches to help the team out," stated Klerks.


Although you might not always vocally hear Riley Grant or Mason Klerks, it's impossible to ignore both of these players incredible talent and passion for the sport.

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.


Matt Bersano


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 seniors.


"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.


Michael Gonzalez


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 graduation.


Brian James


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 James.


Currently a Communication Arts & Sciences major, James wants to continue playing soccer after graduation.


Christian Kaschak


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 field.


Aiming to take the MCAT in June, Kaschak wants to continue his education at medical school to pursue a career in medicine.


Drew Klingenberg


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 soccer.


"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.


Nate Lee


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.


Kyle MacDonald


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.


Matt Mayewski


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.


Danny Sheerin


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 State family.


"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.

By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Adjusting to the first year of college can be hectic for anyone, however student-athletes take on even more by adding the demands of playing a Division I sport.


Every season the Penn State men's soccer team welcomes new members to its family, this season the Nittany Lions added seven newcomers to the team.


"I'm extremely proud of this class, I wish everyone was healthy but everyone is adjusting great to the program and showing huge potential for the future," stated Head Coach Bob Warming.


Wes Bergevin


One of the four goalkeepers for the Blue and White, Wes Bergevin made the jump from Hinsdale, Ill. to State College to pursue a soccer career.


"I chose Penn State because I like the location of the school and combined with great academics and athletics. It's the total package," stated Bergevin.


Although Bergevin grew up moving around the country due to his father's NHL career, he credits his teammates for making Penn State feel like home for his first year at the university.


"It's a lot of fun being on the team, the older guys really help with the whole high school to college transition and they're always willing to give any of us tips about soccer or anything really," stated Bergevin.


Mac Curran


Originally from York, Pa., Mac Curran adjusted from playing strictly club soccer to Division I here at Penn State.


"Being on the team is great, it made the transition into college a lot easier knowing you're going into it with a bunch of guys who care about you," stated Curran.


Making his presence known on the field, Curran has played 14 games and started in 11. Playing a total of 732 minutes, he has taken 16 shots and notched two goals.

After college Curran plans on joining the Navy.


Dayonn Harris


From Ontario, Canada, Dayonn Harris moved to State College to play soccer. Currently Harris plans to major in kinesiology or sports management.


Harris credits his team for making his adjustment to moving away from Canada and moving to his first year of college much easier.


"It's amazing being on the team. It's a great experience and the older guys are always there to help with my transition," stated Harris. "Being on the soccer team is by far my favorite part of college so far."


So far, Harris has appeared in four games, starting two for the Blue and White. With 142 minutes of playing time, he has booted five shots.


Brennan Ireland


Although he's originally from Pittsburgh, Pa, Ireland moved to Washington D.C. during high school to play for the D.C. United Youth Academy in which he contributed to an 18-6-4 overall record.


Ireland is proving to still be an influential player at the collegiate level. So far, he has played in 14 matches and has started one. He's recorded two shots on goal and racked in 630 minutes of play for the season so far.


"Although it's a faster pace and you're playing with bigger boys, playing in college is great," said Ireland.


Planning on majoring in business, Ireland was attracted to Penn State for the academics and athletics the university offers.


"I was attracted to Penn State not only for the athletics but for the business program as well," stated Ireland.


Travis Keil


From Bear Creek, Pa. Keil came to Happy Valley for the combination of athletics, academics and location as well.


Keil recently decided to pursue economics as a major and is thankful for his teammates always willing to help with school and soccer as he adjusts to the first year in college.


"It's an amazing experience playing for this team. These are some of the best players and they're always willing to help me improve and so is the coaching staff. Everyone in this program just wants to help one another and that's really great as a new player on the team," stated Keil.


Ibrahima "Abe" Kouyate


Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa. Abe Kouyate graduated from the Barack Obama Academy of International Studies. He was named Pennsylvania State Player of the Year in his senior year at high school.


After playing six games and starting one, Kouyate had to sit out for the season due to an injury after racking in 169 minutes of play.


Coming from a soccer family, Kouyate's older brother Djeil played soccer for a semi professional France League.


Kouyate plans to conquer his injury and continue his soccer career at Penn State while potentially majoring in sports management.


Austin Maloney


Following his older brother Connor's path, Austin Maloney is making a name for himself at Penn State.


Playing and starting in 12 matches so far, Maloney has racked up 924 minutes playing with four shots on goal and two assists.


"As a freshman on the team I was pretty familiar with the school through my brother but all the guys were so welcoming on the team," said Maloney. "Being on a sports team in college helps the transition into college since you go into it with instant friends and teammates that are willing to help out in any way they can," he continued.


Maloney is undecided with his major of study but is exploring the idea of majoring in business.

So far, this freshman class has proven its' talent. At least one freshman has appeared in every match for the Nittany Lions and combines for 2,588 minutes of playing time, providing high expectations on where this class will take the team in the future.

By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --- For some, it's easy to remember the first time they were at Penn State. For Penn State men's soccer player Noah Pilato, he's been coming to campus before he can even remember.


From northern Virginia, Pilato was born and raised a Nittany Lion. Although he's only been a student here for two years, the Pilato family has had connections to State College for generations.


"We're definitely a Penn State family. Both my parents grew up around State College so we've always been huge Nittany Lion fans. I've been coming to campus since I was a little kid," stated Noah Pilato.


Pilato has grandparents that live close to campus and also has an older brother that graduated from Penn State back in 2014.


"There are pictures of me before I was able to walk in Beaver Stadium with my dad. It's funny how long I've been coming to sporting events for Penn State," said Pilato. "It's crazy because I've been around Penn State and have gone to the university's soccer camps for as long as I can remember so being on the team and being a student here is an amazing feeling."


Not only is Pilato's family a fan of Penn State, his family name is well known around State College. Noah is the nephew of the Penn State famous mural painter Michael Pilato.


Most famous for his "Inspiration" mural downtown on Heister Street, Michael Pilato has been decorating downtown since 2000.


"It's really cool when people see my last name they always ask me about my uncle and how he's doing," said Pilato.


The mural incorporates many notable and inspiring people from State College and Penn State and he is consistently adding too it to keep honoring those featured and inspiring all that see it.


Michael Pilato also has several other murals spread throughout including once a year he paints for 48 hours straight to honor those affected by 9/11.


Although they share the same name, Noah explains how didn't get the artistic ability that his uncle has.


"I'd say I'm probably the least artistic in the family," Pilato jokingly said. "I'm proud of the work my uncle does and it's great being able to see his work downtown."


With family members living in State College there is always someone in the stands cheering on Noah during matches at Jeffrey Field.


"Having a big family that lives so close is awesome. They always make sure to come to every match they can and are constantly supporting me," stated Pilato. "There was a group of them during the Loyola Maryland match and with that being my first starting matching it was great knowing they were there."


As a redshirt-freshman, Pilato has played in six matches and started in one, racking up 243 minutes of play so far this season.


"I've been playing soccer since I was a little kid so being able to play at a college level is a dream come true for me, especially being able to play here at Penn State since I was always a big fan of the school," stated Pilato.

By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -Like many students at University Park, Malik Cameron started his Penn State journey at a satellite campus, more specifically the Harrisburg branch.


Cameron is one-of-seven players for Penn State men's soccer team who transferred, however he's the only one to transfer from a different Penn State branch.


Although branch campus and University Park differ in many ways, one thing stayed consistent for Cameron-his dedication to Penn State's soccer program. Starting off on the Harrisburg team, he became a walk-on for this campus's team.


"It's funny I originally was scouted by other soccer universities while in high school but got hurt. After that all happened I just decided to apply to Penn State and since the application for this campus closed already I decided to attend the Harrisburg campus," stated Cameron.


"When I first arrived I didn't think I was going to play soccer but Harrisburg ignited that fire to want to play again and now being here at Jeffrey Field; I'm so thankful for how everything worked out."


While at Harrisburg, he played 33 games and started in 28. During that time he scored two goals, one of which was a game-winner for his team.


Now as he continues on his journey as a Nittany Lion at a new campus, he has played in four games racking in 63 minutes of play for his first year on Jeffrey Field.


"The two main things you look for in a player who's new to your program are what is their work ethic and what their attitude is-and I gotta say Malik's attitude is spectacular and the same can be said with his work ethic," stated Head Coach Bob Warming.


"He comes to training everyday wanting to get better and I can't wait to see where he is nine months from now," continued Coach Warming.


Although this is Cameron's first year at this campus, he credits his teammates for always motivating him to improve and better himself for the team.


With his team motivating him it's made the transition between DIII to DI easier for this midfielder.


"Going from DIII to DI soccer was a huge adjustment. I'm now playing with guys now who are the best on their club teams and guys came from across the country to play here so it's a much faster pace of play. Being with these guys constantly motivates me to improve," stated Cameron. "These guys push each other every single day, they want everyone on the team to constantly be improving and that's a huge motivation."


Other than soccer, Cameron enjoys the challenges that transferring to a larger campus offers such as the difference in classes and campus size.


"It's a learning curve for sure transferring, but I'm so happy to be here. I enjoy the challenges this university presents because it makes me want to try harder and it offers students more opportunities," stated Cameron.


"The best part has easily been being on this team, all the guys are close with one another and that makes the transition of schools that much easier," he continued.


Cameron will be joining the rest of the Blue and White as the boys hit the road again to face fellow B1G Ten school Wisconsin. The Lions will kick off in Madison, Wis. on Saturday, Oct. 24 a

By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's soccer team had its sixth shutout of the season against Loyola Marymount on Wednesday night. The Nittany Lions walked away with a 3-0 victory, a task that was possible with the stellar performance from goalkeeper Evan Finney.


Playing the entire game, Finney made his debut in the post for this season and didn't let anything get by him, allowing Penn State to keep the lead and take the shutout.


"It was a fantastic performance," stated Warming when asked about Finney. "When Andrew Wolverton got ejected from the game at James Madison a year ago, Finney came in and two minutes later saved a penalty kick. Of course Wolverton was out for the match so we go to Indiana who is ranked No.4 in the country, packed house, and had a shutout for us. Tonight's performance was just fantastic, but it is not something he has not done."


Known for his ability to always step up when his team needs him most, Finney excelled Wednesday night which was also his second time starting a match for Penn State.


Finney was able to block five shots against LMU and walked away with his second career shutout.


"Evan did everything we could have asked for and more tonight, he represented his team and what GoalKeeperU was without any question during this match," stated Coach Warming.


Normally not a starting player, Finney only found out he would be starting the match hours before warmups.


"We wanted to tell him the good news face-to-face, he works extremely hard in practice and we wanted to reward him. He had an amazing performance tonight and we couldn't be happier with how he played," continued Coach Warming.


This marks Finney's first appearance in the 2015 season and not only did it make his presence in the post known, it also allowed  him to help the Blue and White come back from a three-game losing streak.


"My mentality is always to have fun and go play whenever I'm in the game. I was just having so much fun not only to get the win but to get the shutout I think the teams' moral is going to be through the roof after a win like tonight's and it's great that I could do my part in helping make that happens" said Finney.


Last season Finney appeared in two games and started in one. Additionally he has never given up a goal in net when the Nittany Lions were at full strength. The only goal he's given up was against JMU when the team was down to nine field players due to a red card.


Although this was his first appearance in the game so far this season, Finney made an impact when the team needed him defending the net.


"Every game is important but tonight was a really important win for us and was what our team needed at this point in the season," stated Finney.


With the shutout the team is now overall looking at a 6-6-2 record.


"Evan did a fantastic job, he's been playing really well in practice and he deserves it. I'm really proud of him and how he did tonight," said teammate Drew Klingenberg.


Not only did Finney stand out against Loyola Marymount, the three goals were scored by Sam Bollinger, Connor Maloney, and Klingenberg to get the Nittany Lions on the scoreboard.



"This is where we start our run into postseason, we need to take this into Wisconsin and show them that we're hungry for the wins," stated Klingenberg.


Penn State will be taking this confidence on the road with them as the team travels to Wisconsin for a Big Ten match up on Saturday, Oct 24. 

By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State is known for its dedicated fans, for football there's the S-Zone, hockey has the Roar Zone, and now soccer has its own staple - the Sons of Jeffrey.


Created last season, the Sons of Jeffrey are proving that Penn State stands behind its men's soccer team. These organized soccer fans stand out simply for their love of Nittany Lion soccer and dedication to the team whether or not the team wins that night.


What started off as a few students attending matches together is now a full-blown club and almost every match fills up the entire student section at Jeffrey.


"For a lot of the members, the inspiration for the club came from our members general interest in soccer and our desire to keep that interest going while at college, " said Sons of Jeffrey leader Adriana Lacy.


"Last year a bunch of us would go to the soccer matches and saw that they needed a bigger student fan base so we wanted to be that for the guys. It's crazy how much we've grown so much in size, starting from just a few fans we now have an entire club with flags and drums ready for every match," Lacy continued.


The Sons of Jeffrey chose their name by combining Penn State's rich soccer history and the program's hope for the future.


The name was inspired by Jeffrey Field, which is named to honor former Penn State men's soccer coach Bill Jeffrey, who is known for holding the head coach position for 26 years and his 65-win match streak.


The Sons of Jeffrey wants to support the team and represent the pride of Penn State within its' students.


They come to every match, rain or shine, with their flags, drums, and constant cheering to make their presence known.


"We really just want to always be a support system for the team and let them know we're always cheering for them," stated Lacy.


Although the Sons of Jeffrey always cheer on the team, they start every match welcoming the players on the field with high fives and plenty of noise.


"It's great having a support system as great as them, the Sons of Jeffrey are always really awesome at motivating us during games when we need it most," said men's soccer veteran Mason Klerks. "Watching them celebrate any goal with us really reinforce how much this University cares about its athletics, the school pride they have is awesome and we always appreciate the support."


This club is constantly dedicated to motivating the team when they're down and celebrating when they're winning. For the Sons of Jeffrey, cheering on the men's soccer team regardless the score is their job.


"We have such a love for soccer and pride for the University, so it only made sense to create a club that honors both of those aspects. The Sons of Jeffrey want to always motivate the team and show them we're behind them regardless," said Lacy.


In addition to being a great student section, the Sons of Jeffrey is also involved in other activities such as community service amongst the campus.


The Sons of Jeffrey will be cheering on the team this Wednesday Oct 21, when the Nittany Lions host Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. on Jeffrey Field. 

By Miranda Kulp, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - As a younger sibling, one of the greatest motivational tools you can have is trying to accomplish what your older siblings have done. For Ryan Gallagher, he not only wants to follow his brother's footsteps on Jeffrey Field but use them as motivation to create his own Penn State story.


Ryan's older brother, John played for Lions from 2009-2012. Following in his big brother's footsteps, Ryan explains how he grew up a Nittany Lion fan and dreamed of playing soccer for the university like his brother.


"My brother definitely played a role in my desire to come to Penn State to play soccer," stated Gallagher. "I've been coming to Jeffrey Field since the end of seventh grade so I've been a fan for a long time and it's amazing being a player now."


"I grew up seeing how beautiful the campus was and how great Coach Warming and

the coaching staff are so I fell in love with it right away," continued Gallagher.


Currently a redshirt-freshman from Pine Bush, N.Y., Ryan is enjoying his time in State College and playing for the Blue and White.


For his first eligible year playing, Gallaher is already known as a source of energy for the team with his passion for the sport and constant enthusiasm.


"His leadership qualities really reflect his infectious, upbeat spirits and how excited he is

to be on this team," said Head Coach Bob Warming.


Although both Gallagher sons played for Coach Warming, there was noticeable difference in playing techniques for the two.


"The only thing similarity Ryan has to his brother on the field is his last name," jokingly said Coach Warming. "Ryan is an enthusiastic kind of guy and he can always make sure the team energy is up during the game."


With John playing for the Nittany Lions back in 2009, Coach Warming was introduced to Ryan since he was a young kid.


"Ryan used to come to our camps when he was younger so it's great to see how he's developed as a player," stated Coach Warming.


"Both Ryan and John come from a great family and it's great seeing them all come out

and support the program," continued Coach Warming.


Although Ryan wants to follow in his brother's footsteps he also uses him as motivation to always push himself during practices.


"After watching my brother have four years here I can challenge myself to meet his standards and even maybe surpass to reach my own personal success," stated Gallagher. "My brother is a great role model for me so even outside of soccer."


Ryan and his brother have always been very close, and soccer is something special they share. He wants to always use his brother as motivation while he makes his own name for himself in Penn State's soccer program.


"My brother and I talk every day; we're really close. It was so exciting when I found out that I made the Penn State team because I got to follow my brother's footsteps and make my own Penn State story," said Gallagher.


Ryan will be gearing up with the rest of the Blue and White for another away match against Michigan State on Sunday, October 18.