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By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State found itself in yet another double overtime match last night, and Friday night they were able to earn a victory, 3-2, over Rutgers on THON Night.

Penn State junior Aymar Sigue scored the game-winner late in the second overtime, which marked his second overtime game-winner of the season. In the last few games, Sigue and the rest of the forwards have had countless opportunities to score. Late in the second overtime, head coach Bob Warming told Sigue to go in and score; he did just that. Sigue helped the Nittany Lions bounce back from a late second half equalizing goal from Rutgers on a wet, dreary, windy night at Jeffrey Field.

"It just shows our persistence as a team," said Sigue. "Even though we could have done better defensively at the end of the second half, we still pulled through. As a team, we pulled together and said we're not going to lose at home. We were determined to keep our undefeated streak at home."

The Nittany Lions (7-6-2, 4-3-0 Big Ten) look to be playing their best soccer of the season, especially when they play on their home turf. Penn State holds a 7-2-1 record at Jeffrey Field. Penn State hasn't suffered a home setback since Sept. 27 against Temple.

Aside from playing well, Penn State has played three-straight double overtime games and eight games needing overtime. At this point of the season, the Nittany Lions are playing with even more determination in order to overcome exhaustion and injury.

"We are exhausted but we're a proud team," said Warming. "We kept battling tonight. I'm pleased to see how proud they are and determined they were for this one not to get away."

Team captain Connor Maloney repeated the same line as his coach.

"We're absolutely exhausted," said Maloney. "Yesterday, actually coach got us a couple massages. We were feeling good. We weren't going to feel absolutely 100 percent but we did all we could do to recover from the game a couple days ago. We did that well and played another double overtime game and got the win. This team is rolling right now. We're very happy but we're very exhausted."

Maloney was assisted off the field early in the second half with an ankle injury from a rough Rutgers slide tackle but his grit allowed him to get back on the field and ultimately score an important goal in the game.

"I didn't want to stay on the bench," said Maloney. "I hate watching from the sideline when I'm injured. I went back out there, gave it all I got and luckily I got a goal."

Maloney is a leader for Penn State and it rubs off on the rest of the team, especially freshman forward Frankie De La Camara. De La Camara feeds off of Maloney's ultra-competitive personality during training. He's caught up to speed of college soccer as he's been getting more playing time.

De La Camara, a prolific goal scorer from Florida, found the back of the net for his first career collegiate goal. Freshman Pierre Reedy dribbled into the middle of the box, passed it over to an open De La Camara on the left side of the box who took a shot from 18 yards out into the middle of the net.

"I'm finally getting a lot of minutes late in the season," said De La Camara. "It was big for the team that I scored. It was a great run by Pierre and I did the rest."

"Honestly, we have seen him score," said Warming. "This is no exaggeration; we have seen him score 100 of those in training, that same shot."

Despite long, physically taxing games, the Nittany Lions are getting contributions from players young and veteran. The common element of all is the will to win.

"The pride and determination to represent Penn State, to be the team that wins the tough, close game, that's those guys," said Warming.  "There's no coaching in that. That's them making the decision to do it and they're doing it."

Penn State looks keep up its winning ways and to get some much needed recovery before its Senior Night home regular season finale against Wright State on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - In a game filled with a host of scoring chances, two overtimes weren't enough to break a 2-2 deadlock between Penn State and No. 22 Akron Tuesday night at Jeffrey Field.

"I think the whole game was a great advertisement for college soccer," said Penn State head coach Bob Warming. "This is what great college soccer should look like: skillful, teams play hard, move the ball well and they were exciting players on the field on both teams. I'd like to play this game every week."

Penn State's offense moved the ball into Akron's defensive end early and often. The Nittany Lions (6-6-2) knew Akron (7-4-2) could make things happen offensively after the Zips scored seven goals in their last match, but knew their aggressive play could be taken advantage of.

"We put two more attacking midfielders so I got to play alongside my brother which is always awesome. We were a lot more attacking minded today," said team captain Maloney. "We knew they were throwing guys forward so we threw guys forward because we knew they weren't going to have as many back. We put guys forward and we had those opportunities. We finished two of them but we could have finished more but that's how the game of soccer is."

Connor Maloney and Dayonn Harris constantly were on the attack. Right out of the gates, the Nittany Lions were on the prowl. Despite having several near goals but not finding the back of the net, Harris put fear into Akron's defense with his blazing speed to get behind the defense, craftiness and peskiness. His play ultimately led to Penn State's two goals on the night

"His activity level is insane right now," said Warming. "They had no answer for him. It was unbelievable."

Penn State found themselves trailing early to Akron. In the 11th minute, Stuart Holthusen took a lead pass to get behind the backline. Penn State goalkeeper Evan Finney didn't fully commit to coming out to get the ball causing Holthusen to shoot it around Finney to the right side of the net. It was rolling wide but he chased it down and tapped it in the right corner. Surprisingly, Holthusen's first score was the only goal of the half, despite both teams having multiple opportunities to score.

The Nittany Lions finally broke through for a goal in the 65th minute to tie the score 1-1 when Harris received a pass at the top of the box. He then dished it back to Maloney who hit a perfectly placed kick from just outside the box into the top right corner of the net, beating Akron's leaping 6-foot-7 goalkeeper. Penn State's scoring leader notched his first goal since scoring off a penalty kick Sept. 13 against Ohio State.

But Maloney wasn't done. A few minutes later in the 74th minute, once again Harris had the ball deep into the box. An Akron defender tried to clear the ball but it deflected off Harris onto the foot of Maloney all alone in the red side of the box. Maloney capitalized for his sixth goal of the season as he drilled it into the lower right corner just before Akron's diving keeper could get there. Maloney knows it's the goal scorer who usually gets the credit, but said Harris deserved it more than anyone for Maloney's two goals

"Dayonn worked very, very hard tonight and got those assists for me so a credit to him," said Maloney.

Several minutes later, Akron knotted the score at 2-2 when Holthusen headed a cross for a goal. The Zips recorded many scoring opportunities throughout the back and forth game. Last minute chances didn't result in any goals for either team so extra time was needed on what felt like a summer night.

An extra 20 minutes on top of regulation still couldn't decide the game. Akron's constant pressure in overtime caused the Nittany Lions to be on their heels. The new, rearranged backline bent but didn't break. Former Akron player now Penn State defender Riley Grant has settled into his new role switching from forward.

"It's tricky since I never played there before but coach is helping me out with film and all the guys are talking on the field so I know where to be," said Grant. "I'm getting accustomed to it now so it should be a good thing going."

Playing against his old school and against former high school teammate Brad Ruhaak isn't anything new for Grant as they have matched up every year since he's transferred to Penn State. The relaxed, soft-spoken, Copley, Ohio native seemed to take it as just another game.

"I did it every year since I transferred," said Grant. "I'm used to it, it's another game. It's good to see all those guys again. When I go home, I see them a lot."

Penn State has beat and tied ranked teams in their last two matches and that's going a long way for the team's confidence.

"Our confidence is soaring right now to honest with you," Maloney. "Especially going into the end of the season, this is where you want to be your best; right now we are at our best."

Penn State's explosive weapons are hitting stride and playing more as a unit which is a good sign as the regular season ticks down in time for the all-important postseason.

A favorable result again a ranked team is a good sign, but seven of Penn State's 14 matches this year have required extra time. Warming is pleased with his team's hard work but knows of the wear and tear of a long, grueling college season. After playing games Sunday and Tuesday, he looks to get his guys back in top condition for Friday's game at home against Rutgers.

"They were really exhausted," said Warming. We're going to take a couple days to do 're-gen' with everybody. They've had great work ethic coming early, staying late and doing extra shooting on the goalkeepers, now we're in that phase of the year where you have to manage your body because everyone is starting to break down a bit."

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By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State's strong backline play was rewarded Saturday night when defender Robby Sagel scored a game-winning header in double overtime to lift the Nittany Lions past No. 19 Michigan State, 1-0.

The match remained scoreless until the 103rd minute when Riley Grant took a hooking free kick from about 40 yards out that found a leaping Sagel, who headed the goal to beat Michigan State's keeper. Sagel, a humble team-first player, proceeded to celebrate by tearing his jersey off immediately before getting mobbed by his teammates.

"It could have been anybody," Sagel said. "I really could care less that it was me. I'm just glad it happened, it's unreal."

It was fitting that Sagel's second career goal sealed the deal for Penn State, because defense doesn't get much individual recognition in comparison to forwards who score goals. Also, the last time Penn State knocked off a top 20 opponent on Sept. 13, 2015 against then-No.10 Indiana, Sagel scored his first career goal.

The senior from Las Vegas, Nevada also played a key role in helping the Nittany Lions (6-6-1, 3-3-0 Big Ten) keep the Spartans (9-3-1, 3-2-1 Big Ten) without a goal and to snap Michigan State's five-game stretch without a loss.

"As defenders, the thing we're most proud of is blanking the other team," Sagel said.

Penn State's defenders have had their fair share of challenges so far this season. Head coach Bob Warming adjusted the lineup due to injuries and to see what would work best. The defense is continuing to get better. Penn State posted clean sheets in the past two matches.

"They're organized in the back and they're together," Warming said. "They're squeezing at the right time and dropping off at the right time. I'm really proud of the progress they made."

"It's what we have to do to move forward," Warming said. "We've been giving up way too many goals. I feel like our guys are settling in and I give a lot of credit to Robby and Mitch [Bringolf]. Mitch played top class center back today. The things he did were unbelievable."

New pieces of the defense, Ryan Gallagher and Riley Grant have both stepped in to contribute for Penn State's backline. Warming applauded their key contributions.

"Ryan Gallagher has done everything right for the last three years to put himself in position to play for us," Warming said. "Two games. Two shutouts. Unbelievable for him. Riley, we put back there and Riley never played in the back before. He did well."

Aside from superb defensive play, the Nittany Lions knocked on the door with great scoring chances in the first overtime session after minimal chances in regulation. Grant found Dayonn Harris in the box but Harris' shot went just wide right of the net.

A few minutes later, a hard slide tackle from Michigan State on Harris awarded Penn State a penalty kick. Team scoring leader Connor Maloney took the penalty kick. Maloney shot left and Michigan State's goalkeeper went left in order to save the shot.

Missing a penalty kick didn't deflate Maloney or his teammates, instead they were more motivated to score. Early in the second overtime, Sagel got the job done when he found the back of the net.

Penn State is playing its best soccer of the year as the Big Ten regular season slate winds down with two Big Ten games and two non-conference games remaining. The Nittany Lions look to continue their winning ways against Akron Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.

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By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State extends its reach internationally as an academic institution and the men's soccer team is doing its part with having four international players on the roster, three of whom are from the country north of the United States, Canada.

Dayonn Harris, Aymar Sigue, and Mitchel Bringolf make up the trio of players on Penn State's roster from the second-largest country by area in the world. Each come from different provinces throughout the vast country. Harris, a speedy sophomore forward hails from Milton, Ontario, only a five-hour drive away from campus. Sigue, a junior transfer is from Tulsa and physical forward from St. Albert, Alberta, which is above Montana, a trip that can't be covered in one day by car from University Park. Bringolf, an impact freshman defender hails from Montreal, Quebec, about eight hours away.

With the growing trend of more collegiate programs looking internationally for players, head coach Bob Warming knew he could take advantage of Penn State's proximity to Canada. Penn State and Warming have made a splash by tapping into the talent from all over Canada in recent years.

"There aren't many foreign countries you can drive to," said Warming. "They're closer to us than a lot of the other American players that we have."

Location isn't the lone factor for recruiting Canada. Warming applauds the people of Canada, especially the Canadians on the team for their genuine kindness and overall positive nature.

"No offense to any other country in the world including our own but Canada has to be the nicest bunch of human beings on the planet," said Warming. "They're very positive people and all of us need positive people around us. I absolutely love the guys."

"If we get an opportunity, we'll go back and get a couple more," said Warming with a grin on his face.

Summer Canada Trip

This summer, Penn State men's soccer traveled north to Canada for a 10-day foreign tour, training, competition and touring Montreal and Quebec. The Nittany Lions also happened to be in Montreal for St. Jean Baptiste Day.

The trip impacted the team in a variety of positive ways and the Nittany Lions experienced much more than just playing of the game of soccer. From a Niagara Falls tour to exploring Toronto and Montreal to going to two MLS matches, the team used these experiences to prepare for this season and beyond.

About the Canadians

I sat town with the three Nittany Lion Canadians to learn more about the group from up north. 

#10 Dayonn Harris

What's it like to be Canadian on the team? "The guys kind of make fun of me for my accent, like how I say 'aye'. It's all out of fun though."

Favorite memory from the summer Canada trip: "We went to downtown Toronto and saw the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre and went shopping. It was amazing for the guys to see my hometown. We were pretty close to where I live.

What was the impact of the summer Canada trip? "We grew as a team for sure, just from little things like team dinners, jokes and banter helped make us more of a team. We actually played my home team. It was great to score on them for bragging rights as well."

Why did you choose Penn State? "Coach Warming traveled to Canada to watch me play and train. He came and watched me hit an upper-90 shot in training and it was amazing. "I was always looking to come to the United States ever since high school. The family environment felt welcoming from everyone here especially the seniors. They welcomed me in open arms."

What strengths do you bring to the team? "My speed is my strength, being able to run into channels to get us opportunities and alleviating pressure off our defense."

#7 Aymar Sigue

Being from Western Canada, what's it like being far from home and is the culture different? "I'm used to it. I lived far from home for a while but the culture in definitely different. Sports here are a lot bigger and the football culture is different especially."

Favorite memory from the summer Canada trip: "I've never been to Montreal before being from the Western Canada. I speak French so it was nice to actually be around people who also spoke French. I'm not French Canadian but I speak French. It's a question I get a lot."

What was the impact of the summer Canada trip? "It made the team a whole lot closer especially for me since I was an outsider coming in. It allowed us to have a common experience to bring us together."

What made you choose playing collegiate soccer in the U.S.? "I had the option to stay with the Vancouver Whitecaps academy team but I thought I might as well get a degree and keep playing. I go back to Vancouver during the summers to train with the team."

Why did you choose Penn State? "I transferred from Tulsa. I'm from the west side of Canada but I wanted to try something new. The winning culture and coach Warming is great. The campus is beautiful and the alumni group is really supportive."

What strengths do you bring to the team? "I'm a physical presence. We have smaller players like Dayonn who are quick forwards. I offer a different dimension to the team."

#15 Mitchel Bringolf

Is there a difference between Canada and the United States? "I don't really find that there's a big difference. Canada and the United States are very similar."

What's it like to be Canadian on the team? There's just a lot of making fun of us for saying 'aye' or the stereotypes of igloos, moose and other stuff."

How were you involved in the summer Canada trip? "I didn't go because I'm a freshman but I actually played against Penn State. We tied 1-1. My club team was the only team Penn State didn't beat."

How do you feel about going to school in another country? "Obviously I miss home but it's nice to experience something else. Even though it's a bit similar. Living on campus and living with everyone else, there still a little difference than living at home."

What was your path to Penn State? "I played with a USL team in Montreal and studying at McGill University in Montreal but it wasn't connected. The school didn't care that I played soccer and soccer didn't care about schooling. If I would have stayed, I would have had to choose one or the other."

Why did you choose Penn State? "Honestly, it was a mixture between one of the best athletic programs in the nation plus this school academically is one of the best schools in the nation plus the second I started talking to the coaching staff, it just all felt good."

What strengths do you bring to the team? "I'm a defensive player so my work ethic, being solid defensively and being clean with the ball are my strengths."

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By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's soccer hosted Canada Night as its promotion Tuesday, and it was only fitting that Canadian Dayonn Harris would net the game-winning goal to elevate Penn State past Pittsburgh, 1-0.

Harris, an Ontario, Canada native, scored the match's only goal in the 40th minute when freshman Frankie de la Camara found him with a through ball as he got behind the backline in order to break free. Harris opted to chip the ball over Pittsburgh's aggressively charging goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt from outside the box. He utilized his speed to chase after his lofted shot all the way to the goal line where he easily kicked the ball into the open net for his third goal of the season.

"Frankie coming in was pretty big for us," said Harris. He assisted that goal obviously. I saw the goalie coming out so I just chipped it up to myself and the goal was wide open for me. This one goes out for Canada."

The other Canadians celebrated on the night were Aymar Sigue and Mitchel Bringolf. Each contributed to the win. Forward Sigue had scoring chances and defender Bringolf helped limit Pitt to only one shot on goalkeeper Evan Finney.


When Penn State last took the field, the Nittany Lions matched shots with Indiana, a team known to get a lot of shots off. The Nittany Lions picked up right where they left off with another wealthy display of shots.

Before and after Harris's goal, Penn State (5-6-1) kept constant pressure in their offensive end. The Nittany Lions continued to get scoring chances all game but just couldn't fully capitalize on them. Penn State took 22 shots and put 13 of them on net. Outcalt made 12 saves, many of them near goals, in order to keep Pittsburgh (2-9-2) within reach.

Senior team captain Connor Maloney took a team-high eight shots with five of them on goal. Maloney weaved and dodged around the defense but couldn't find the back of the net. On a penalty kick awarded to Penn State after a Pittsburgh red card from Stephane Pierre, Maloney blasted it to the upper-right corner but Outcalt was there to make a leaping save.

"He made a great save on my PK, kudos to him for that," said Maloney. "The goalie today was outstanding with a lot of good saves but we have to finish those."


It was one of those matches in soccer when a team keeps offensive momentum all game but just can't get more by the goalkeeper. Head coach Bob Warming applauded the team's resiliency and aggressive nature of play after two tough Big Ten road matches.

"I thought they were really sharp tonight," said Warming. "Fantastic performance. Our guys passed the ball really well tonight. Our aggressiveness was in getting behind them time after time after time."


"The common score line in college soccer is 1-0 so that's what we did today and the win so we'll carry that over to Michigan State," said Maloney.


The Nittany Lions are back in action against Michigan State at Jeffrey Field Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

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By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Advancements in sports sciences is a growing discussion among athletic teams, collegiately and professionally. Whether it be focused health, performance-related, or even both, progress is being made. This season, the Penn State men's soccer program took a step in the right direction as it started monitoring its athletes in more detail.


If you go to a game at Jeffrey Field, you may notice each Penn State men's soccer player wears an elastic band under their jersey. You also may see an individual on the Penn State sideline who's concentrated on an iPad.


These are steps in the process of implementing a new heart rate monitoring system with other innovative features. It's the first time they have experimented with this technology, and so far it's been successful. The men's soccer team looks to start a trend for athletics on campus and collegiate soccer as a whole.   


"Every single session, anytime we train in any form, our guys are putting on a heart rate monitor that in real-time, we can look on an iPad and see exactly where their heart rate is," said head coach Bob Warming.


Not only does the technology determine heart rate and how much time a player is in the target heart rate ("the red zone"). It also shows how many sprints and accelerations a player does through the course of training or a game. For example, speedy forward Dayonn Harris discovered he wasn't running enough sprints for his position according to the technology, so he's made an adjustment to his game. After training sessions, Warming said Harris constantly asks if he's been doing enough sprints


"It's been wonderful for our players," said Warming. "It's been wonderful for our staff to really get a look and monitor our players to keep them healthy, to see who needs to sprint a little more and to see who needs a break."


Another element of the new technology includes the element of detecting how long recovery time needs to be for certain players according to the amount of work that's put in during physical activity. Everyone isn't the same type of athlete so these types of technologies help reinforce recovery decisions.


"One size doesn't fit all in training," said Warming. "One size doesn't fit all in terms of recovery."


Senior midfielder Mason Klerks runs some of the most mileage on the team during games at about 10 miles. Klerks can check how much he's ran during the game and see where he's ran according to a heat map generated from the technology.


"It's really cool to be presented that information," said Klerks.


You might wonder how all of this came to fruition. Warming, a very connected coach in the soccer community, heard from a former athletic trainer about this new form of technology. Warming became excited about its potential and then formed a partnership with Penn State kinesiology researcher Andrzej Przybyla. Przybyla has worked in kinesiology for almost a decade with a specialization in human movements while earning a Ph.D. in spine biomechanics.


Andrzej, commonly referred to as "Dre" by team personnel, leads the team's research efforts by collecting and analyzing each athlete's specific data. "Dre" then relays his findings to Warming in a more simplistic, understandable form


"I spend a lot of time analyzing the data and trying to figure out how I can help coaches and provide them information they need," said Przybyla.


"He's a genius for what he's doing," said Warming. "He's able to compartmentalize 10,000 columns worth of data into something I can read very quickly at a glance. I think he's setting a new standard for what can happen around the country with his technology."


"Dre", a former soccer player and current youth coach within State College himself, and Warming know with time they'll be able to learn more about the players through the technology. Although the technology has been beneficial so far this year, Warming and "Dre" are especially excited at establishing the database for underclassmen players over the course of the next few years. With more data input, predictions and growth can be measured more accurately which will lead to advances in athlete potential, performance and health.

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By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - In the words of Penn State head coach Bob Warming, Sam Bollinger is the "ultimate student-athlete for Penn State and one of the best stories in State College."


Bollinger, a former walk-on from State College, and now scholarship athlete on the men's soccer team, finds himself balancing academics, research and athletics perfectly. He originally came in as a biomedical engineer major, but realized that wasn't for him. With some influential advice from his father, J. Martin Bollinger, who's a Penn State chemistry professor, Bollinger switched to chemistry, a move he did not think he'd ever make. His father told him chemistry is a good foundational science bachelor's degree to graduate with.


He hopes to intern at a hospital to gain clinical experience with the ultimate goal of attending medical school after graduating from Penn State. Away from the soccer field, Bollinger uses his brilliant mind to assist complex lab work a floor below his father's office.


"I'm working with protein that fluoresce when there are stress conditions in the cell that cause various types of diseases and conditions in people," said Bollinger. "We're trying to find an efficient way to get protein into mammalian cells so you can attack those conditions before they start to affect the organism."


"The guy is crazy, wicked smart," said Warming. "He is a brilliant student, great kid, great story, worked hard as heck on his skills, and his attitude is infectious every day. He comes ready to go. He is sleeping five hours a night because he is up late studying and he comes with a 'hey let's go' attitude every day."


Bollinger has little time to waste when it comes to academics, playing soccer and conducting research, but he's maximized the most of it. The structure of his days actually helps him succeed in every aspect of his life. He earned Big Ten Distinguished Scholar status this year when he recorded a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.7 or higher last year.


"It's tough," said Bollinger. "You need to sacrifice some stuff. It's time consuming. My grades have been better since I've been on the team."


Bollinger wasn't on the team as a freshman as he didn't follow the same trajectory from high school as most of his teammates. He went overlooked by college teams and he, himself questioned his playing ability.


"Coming out of high school, I didn't know if I was good enough but I wanted to come to Penn State so I came and played on the club team my freshman year," said Bollinger.


Knowing that the team was holding walk-on tryouts, Bollinger missed the competitiveness of high-level soccer and trained all summer before his sophomore year. He prides himself on fitness being a main component of his game. For a midfielder, Sam's position, fitness goes a long way. He focused on distance, sprinting and interval work during his training leading up to the audition for the team.


"I got as fit as possible because I knew coach likes fit guys," said Bollinger.


Bollinger proved to Warming he had the fitness to play on the team with his 7:20 in a mile and half time. At this year's media day, Warming said the other guys weren't 'Sam fit' and his remarkable fitness was at a different level.


"He basically lapped everybody else that was pretty fit who were trying out for the team," said Warming.


Bollinger earned himself a spot on the team by putting on an impressive tryout.


"It's been a dream come true," said Bollinger. "It's unbelievable. I lived here my entire life. I've been coming to games since I can remember."


The midfielder appeared in 14 games along with three starts while notching six points with three goals in 2015.  That success has continued this year as he has started in the past two matches while appearing in nine so far this season.


Bollinger earned himself an athletic scholarship, and he continues to work diligently at his soccer craft, one of his many special abilities.


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By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's soccer found themselves in yet another game requiring extra time. The Nittany Lions were awarded a penalty kick in the second overtime and Austin Maloney beat the goalkeeper to defeat Wisconsin, 2-1, Friday night at Jeffrey Field.


Through eight matches so far this season, five of them were overtime matches. Penn State (4-3-1, 2-1-0 Big Ten) found themselves on the winning side Friday, but it didn't come easy against the Badgers (3-2-1, 2-1-0 Big Ten), who came into the game undefeated in the Big Ten.


The Nittany Lions started the match with a different looking lineup. Head coach Bob Warming decided to go with senior Evan Finney in goal. Finney was the Nittany Lions' opening game starter but took a bad collision to the head in the second game of the season. Freshman Arie Ammann filled in during Finney's absence.


"It was pretty emotional honestly to start," said Finney. "I took a bad, bad blow to the head. I was in the hospital for a day."


Finney sported his customized rugby style head gear that he was fitted with after the injury. Perspiration got into his eyes from the headgear but he battled through it to record the victory. He felt very comfortable with the defensive backline in his first game back.


"It was just like I picked up right where I left off," said Finney.


Also missing from the lineup was senior team captain and team leader in scoring, Connor Maloney, who remained inactive after sustaining an injury in Sunday's Maryland match. Warming told the team that a collective effort was needed to replace his importance on the field.  Maloney not only scores, but with the use of GPS technology used by the team, he runs the most miles in every training and game, according to Warming.


"We had a lot of miles to make up with everyone else," said Warming. "I thought Aymar (Sigue), Dayonn (Harris), Mason (Klerks) and all these guys made up all that ground that we lost from the running of Connor."


At halftime the match remained scoreless with little scoring opportunities. Early in the second half, Penn State benefitted from a Wisconsin miscue. In the 54th minute, Wisconsin defender Sam Brotherton headed Pierre Reedy's header directly into the top center of the net to put Penn State up 1-0.


The Badgers turned up the offensive pressure later in the second half. In the 77th minute, Wisconsin's Christopher Mueller snuck a rolling shot into the right side of the net from 12 yards out, beating a diving Finney to even the game at 1-1.  A score that stood at the end of regulation.


Physicality on the field turned up a notch in extra time. There were more tough challenges for the ball as each team vied to an important Big Ten win. Overtime was a tale of two ten minute periods. Wisconsin had pressured to score in the first session, before Penn State finally broke through in the second ten minutes. Wisconsin committed a foul on Noah Pilato in the box which led to the game-winner.


Without Connor Maloney, the Blue and White had to go with alternate penalty kick taker. Dayonn Harris was supposed to take the kick but felt extreme leg fatigue from playing 87 grueling minutes, so Austin Maloney, Connor's younger brother took the kick. The sophomore midfielder scored as he went top left corner as Wisconsin's goalkeeper went right.


Maloney sprinted across the field to celebrate his first career collegiate goal with the roaring Sons of Jeffrey student section. Also celebrating the goal was honorary captain Bob Little, a former Penn State men's soccer player who played on the 1954 and 1955 national championship teams.  Maloney's game-winning penalty kick was a bit more special to Little as he donates the money to endow Austin's Maloney's scholarship.


Alongside Little were Dick Packer, Ron Coder and Don Shirk who served as honorary captains for the match. They sat with the Nittany Lion team during the game and were honored for playing on Penn State's national championship teams under legendary coach Bill Jeffrey.


The Nittany Lions are back in action when they take on Temple at Jeffrey Field on Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

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By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State's flurry of 4 first half goals proved to be too much to overcome for Ohio State in the Fourth Annual Mack Brady Match.


The Nittany Lions (3-2-1, 1-0-0 Big Ten) defeated the Buckeyes (1-5-0, 1-1-0 Big Ten) by a score of 4-2. It seemed to be a special night in all aspects. It was the Mack Brady Match, a pristine night and vuvuzela giveaway night, the humming horns that were made popular in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.


Among the humming came a quick Penn State goal. Almost 50 seconds into the match, Ohio State's passing mishap in the backfield led to Dayonn Harris breaking free. Harris made a nice move to get the ball to Connor Maloney. Maloney gathered for a few seconds and set up senior midfielder Mason Klerks with a soft leading touch pass who was actively looking for an opportunity on net. Klerks then drilled a low screaming one-timer from 19 yards out into the bottom left corner of the net.


"Connor was dribbling in," said Klerks. "I saw some space. I checked to the ball. He laid it off to me and I hit it in."


Klerks, a senior defensive midfielder and an unlikely goal scorer entered Tuesday's match with one career goal. Klerks registered two tallies in Penn State's Big Ten opening game that also extended the program's unbeaten record of 4-0 in Mack Brady Matches.


Klerks's second goal came off a Maloney free kick in which Klerks headed the ball into the net to put the Nittany Lions up 2-0 in the 26th minute of action.


"I don't score a lot of goals so that was really big for me," said Klerks


During training this week, Klerks stood out as an outstanding header. Assistant coach Chad Duernberger told head coach Bob Warming that Klerks surprisingly was the team's best header of the ball even though he plays more of a defensive role on the team.


"We've never had him up there, said Warming. "He's been here four years. It's about time. It only took me four years to realize he's really good with his head.


"With Mason getting two goals, you're always happy when anybody steps up but when it's a senior who's done the dirty work for three and a half years here, to be the defensive midfield player, to run nine to 12 miles a game, and go and win tackles and give the ball to someone else," said Warming. "For that guy to get rewarded and to score goals, that's huge so I'm happy when anybody gets goals but it was especially rewarding to him.


The Nittany Lions continued the excitement with two more goals to hold a 4-0 advantage at halftime. Penn State scored four goals for the first time in a game since 2012. In the 28th minute, Pierre Reedy was fouled in the box. Maloney took the penalty kick and put it easily into the left corner for his fourth goal of the season to extend Penn State's lead to 3-0. In the 42nd minute, an Ohio State turnover in the backfield led to Maloney finding Aymar Sigue who snuck behind the defense and beat the Ohio State goalkeeper for his second goal of the season.


Among all of the scoring was a moving moment. A Penn State foul in the box led to goalkeeper Arie Ammann making a world-class save on a Ohio State penalty kick. Ammann guessed right and dove toward the right post to deny the penalty kick.


"I love penalties," said Ammann. "I knew where he was going right from the start. It's not from video; I have a personal deal I do. I know where some guys are going."


Eerily in last year's Mack Brady Match, Penn State goalkeeper Matt Bersano also made a save on a penalty kick taken from that exact spot. Warming felt like there was a presence of the late Mack Brady. Mack, a child who dreamed of being a Penn State goalkeeper is honored annually after passing away unexpectedly from a blood infection at the age of eight a few years ago.   


"It's inspiring," said Ammann. "It's something else other than just a game for us. There's a meaning to it. We went out there and fought for a cause other than ourselves. That's something that fueled us today and fuels us every day."


The Nittany Lions look to feed off of the Mack Brady victory when they travel to College Park, Maryland to take on No. 4 Maryland Sunday at 5 p.m.


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By Zach Reagan, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State's Big Ten opener against Ohio State is no ordinary game. It's much bigger than a game itself. It's bigger than the players on the field.


Tuesday's game at Jeffrey Field marks the playing of the fourth annual Mack Brady Game. It's a game and night that holds a special place in the hearts of many within the Penn State men's soccer program. It's a day when the team "lives the dreams of Mack and the dreams of a lot of other people. It's a day of appreciation and thankfulness for the opportunity that all of us have to live other people's dreams," according to head coach Bob Warming.  


Penn State plays in honor of Mack Brady. Mack and his father Christian Brady, former Dean of the Schreyer Honors College, attended Penn State soccer games frequently. Mack played soccer on a local youth team and dreamed like many young children. At age five, he dreamed of becoming a goalkeeper for Penn State and eventually becoming a goalkeeper for the U.S. national team. Tragically, Mack passed away unexpectedly from a blood infection called sepsis on December 31, 2012, just two days after seeing a doctor.


The day celebrates Mack's life with special events, giveaways, t-shirts, gloves for sale and ultimately the match itself.


"It's not a saddening vibe; if anything it's uplifting," said senior goalkeeper Evan Finney. "Playing for someone that's passed away who aspired to be a goalkeeper here, that means a lot. I've been here for four years now and every Mack Brady Game is something special."


Mack has left his mark on Penn State men's soccer permanently. Shortly after Mack's passing, his father Christian Brady thought it would be a brilliant idea to start the Mack Brady Memorial Men's Soccer Fund at Penn State, a scholarship and endowment fund. It was created in partnership with the Penn State men's soccer program to provide funding for scholarships, equipment and aid, especially for the goalkeeping position Mack fell in love with.


"Dean [Christian] Brady is someone who has been very special in my life the last couple years," said freshman goalkeeper Arie Ammann. "Every time I came out to games he was there and introducing himself. We've had communication back and forth about just regular things which is very touching when I found out about Mack. This game means more than just ourselves now. It's something else. It's for Mack. It's something that's going to drive me and will keep driving the team for a win."


In the previous three Mack Brady Games, the Nittany Lions have won all three. It seems fitting that Penn State has only given up one goal in the matches. Mack would have appreciated quality goalkeeping play from "Goalkeeper U". Every game, the Penn State keepers sport a diamond with four leaf clovers and the number "7" on their sleeve in honor of Mack.


This year's unit of goalkeepers continues a Penn State tradition paved by former Nittany Lion and current LA Galaxy goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton. Through two weeks of this season, preseason All-Big Ten selection Finney and the highly touted freshman Ammann have each earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolades. The solid play of the backline and midfield has made their jobs a whole lot easier.  


"The goalkeeping position is by far the most important position in soccer and it's not even close," said Warming, a former goalkeeper himself. "The fact that we have a great goalkeeper core, it gives everyone in front of them a lot of confidence. We're one of the few teams in Division I who play with three guys in the back. We have so much confidence in our guys in the back and our goalkeeping that we can do that. We play with two forwards, nowadays most teams play with one forward. The point is if the goalkeepers are good, it makes the rest of the team better."


Ammann has filled in for Evan Finney, who has been sitting out due to injury after the season opener. He picked up right where Finney left off.


"This wasn't just another recruit or another guy joining the program," said Warming. "This is a guy who trained in a professional environment and played against pros in Watford (England). There are very few guys who can go to Europe at age 16 and jump into a pro-environment. The goalkeeping core is in great hands for the future with the addition of him."


The goalkeepers take pride in being a part of "Goalkeeper U" and representing Mack Brady. With Mack on their side, the Nittany Lions look to push their record to 4-0 on his night.


If you would like to support the Mack Brady Memorial Men's Soccer Fund, memorial gifts may be made online or by sending a check, payable to Penn State with "In memory of Mack Brady" in the memo line, to: Penn State University, One Old Main, University Park, PA 16802. You can also visit for more information about the fund.

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