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Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff
PARK, Pa. - Prior to Penn State's 2-1 win at West Virginia Wednesday all four
of the Nittany Lions' (6-2-1, 1-0) wins came in 1-0 decisions. In their Big Ten
opener on Sunday against Wisconsin (5-2-1, 0-1) Penn State continued the
scoring trend netting three goals in a 3-1 victory.
a tally from Martin Seiler in the 10th minute head coach Bob Warming
needed to make a change in the second half after a Badger goal in the 31st
minute tied the contest after the first 40 minutes.
though we got that goal I thought we were playing with low energy," said
Warming. "We decided in the second half to press so we sent our outside backs
to their wide midfield players and pressed the whole time."
decision to press rejuvenated the Penn State offensive attack as the ball was
primarily in the Badger zone for the majority of the second half.
of the Nittany Lions' second half goals illustrated that rejuvenation. Although
it is scored as an own goal, the second Penn State goal of the game was a
product of the changed second half game plan.
Campbell beat a Badger defender on a run down the sidelines in the Wisconsin
zone, dumped the ball to Jordan Tyler and Tyler was able to get a shot on net, which
eventually forced the own goal.
minutes later Penn State again controlled the pace this time with Randy Falk
who fed a perfect cross to Eli Dennis who finished the scoring try.
State netted two goals and had opportunities to get even more in the second
half, something that was far from normal for the Nittany Lions in
felt like we could have had five (goals) in the second half and that's pretty
unusual," said Warming. "I told (Penn State women's soccer head coach) Erica
Walsh earlier in the week after they won that 6-1 and said I would just love to
know what that feels like."
and his squad certainly found out on Sunday. Now, the Nittany Lions are clicking
and it is a very satisfying feeling for a group that eyes their second straight
me as a defender it is always great to score three and it takes pressure off of
us defenders playing many games only winning 1-0 battling to the 90th
minute is always tough," said Seiler.
like we finally figured out how to score, which is good," he laughed.
important part of the Penn State goal scoring attack is the continued
improvement of Tyler who returned in 2013 after being sidelined last year with
an ACL injury.
notched a goal against West Virginia and tallied six shots against the Badgers
adding another weapon for Penn State.
"It's always hard coming off an ACL
injury and I just felt like coming back I was getting frustrated I wasn't
scoring and last game I scored my first goal and now it's just time to keep
rolling," said Tyler.
Penn State will look to keep its undefeated
home record alive as they host Saint Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Luckily for Warming, he can rotate a number
of players in and out of games during this tough string of tough non-conference
and conferences matches.
"We played a lot of guys today and I feel
like every player we bring in the game is just as good as the guy we took out,"
said Warming. "I don't think we drop off at all. They are different but they all
bring something to the game."
Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - Three games. Eight days. Four goals. Three wins. That's how the
Penn State men's soccer team (5-2-1) will head into conference play on Sunday
against Wisconsin (5-1-1) at 2:30 p.m. at Jeffrey Field.
off their first road win of 2013 and first win against West Virginia since
1990, Bob Warming's squad is in feeling good before opening conference play
against the Badgers. The Nittany Lions pulled off a 2-1 comeback win in
Morgantown with two important goals from two important goal scorers.
(Campbell) getting his first college goal, Jordan (Tyler) getting his first
goal since coming off of ACL surgery, plus Kyle (MacDonald) and Connor
(Maloney) both getting fantastic assists and in the scoring column was huge,"
only was it huge because the goals helped Penn State get the win, but also
because it shows the continued improvement of the Nittany Lion offensive
weeks ago it was Eli Dennis and Kyle MacDonald, last week it was Mark Wadid and
this week it was Campbell and Tyler who came through in the scoring column.
Multiple Nittany Lions are getting involved with scoring, which was a worry for
Penn State heading into the 2013 season.
entering Big Ten play where goals come at a premium, Penn State couldn't be
clicking on all cylinders at any better time.
Nittany Lions have let up a measly two goals since a Sept. 13 tie with No. 5 Cal, notching a 3-0-1
record. For Warming, it starts with his leaders: centerback Martin Seiler and goaltender
is holding people accountable and those guys are doing a better and better job
of holding people accountable for everything to make sure we are taking care of
things every single possession," said Warming.
leadership is important for any competitive collegiate soccer team, but
especially for these Nittany Lions.
Nearly half of the contributing players on the roster are underclassmen,
players that weren't involved with the Big Ten regular season championship one
year ago and haven't played the rigorous conference schedule yet.
that, Seiler, Wolverton and the other experienced Penn State players, the
younger Nittany Lions are prepared to begin Big Ten play starting with the one-loss
of our guys have never played in a Big Ten game," said Wolverton. "It's a
different environment and different situation and hard work every game.
can't take a single game off. Every single game is a battle to the very end. It
doesn't matter if you win 1-0 or 4-0, it's just a battle to the end every
Big Ten won't be easy. Penn State knows that. Take 2012 for example: the fourth-seeded Big Ten team, Indiana, won the NCAA national championship.
year, Penn State won the Big Ten regular season title with every single win
coming by just a one-goal difference. One play or one mistake could change the
outcome of a game.
game is a real incredible battle," said Warming. "You can't count on anything.
All you can do is prepare yourself that it's going to be a tight game. It all
comes down to one possession and concentration has to be at a very high-level
come Big Ten play. I think our guys are confident and ready to go."
meeting Wisconsin on the pitch of Jeffrey Field, Penn State will host Saint
Francis (Pa.) on Oct. 2 and then travel to Bloomington to play Indiana on Oct. 6,
where they haven't won since 1995.
Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - Seven games into his career at Penn State, freshman forward Mark
Wadid has already tallied three game-winning goals. His latest came in the
Nittany Lions' (4-2-1) fourth win of the 2013 season Sunday at Jeffrey Field
against Duquesne (4-3-0).
five days after netting the game-winner against Robert Morris in the 34th
minute it was déjà vu for Wadid as he came through in the clutch, this time in
the 65th minute, to garner another 1-0 victory.
one was a little different, though. Wadid had a similarly easy scoring chance
about four minutes earlier that Duquesne goalkeeper Sam Frymier sniffed out and
denied the Mississaugua, Ontario native from
a scoring opportunity.
read me like a book and I should have finished it," said Wadid. "I usually put
my head down after I miss but I keep learning from my mistakes."
has embraced the role as the team's main goal scorer and has learned from
mistakes very quickly. That has become evident over the past few matches as he
continuously gets scoring chances and keeps shooting instead of retreating from
taking shots because some aren't finding the net.
showed that against Robert Morris and against the Dukes on Sunday as he put the
61st minute miss in the rear view and netted a cross from Eli Dennis.
was a great combination play between me and Eli," he said. "I love playing with
him. He saw me running and played a through ball and I just finished it.
put it in the second time and didn't make the same mistake twice."
combination of Wadid, Dennis, Shane Campbell and Jordan Tyler has made it tough
for opposing teams center backs to defend all four offensive threats for Penn
State and it has shown in their last two wins at home.
Campbell was able to make a run that attracted the Dukes defense toward his
side of the field leaving Wadid wide open for the scoring opportunity. Dennis
read the play and fed the true freshman.
was making a run across and the center back went with Shane and Mark opened up
for a perfect little slip," said Dennis, who tallied his fourth point of the
season. "(Wadid) has done it three times this year and makes that run all the
time and it's really easy to play them and he did well to finish it."
performance against Robert Morris and Duquesne showed a lot to his teammates
and coaching staff. Specifically for head coach Bob Warming, it shows why he
signed Wadid in the first place: speed and goal scoring ability.
that with the three other experienced players that play high for Penn State,
there seems to be a flow offensively, which was a question mark for Warming
heading into 2013.
big thing is that (Wadid) is improving and we have a little rotation now,"
Warming said. "Those are some strong athletic guys up there and eventually
center backs move their mark a little bit and that's what happened today."
has earned the trust of his teammates and coaching staff. Just seven games in,
Dennis already feels that Wadid isn't playing like a freshman anymore, but like
a junior or senior.
trust being put forth to the true freshman is the biggest reason why Wadid says
he has been able to step up.
love how coach puts so much faith in me and all the other freshman," said
Wadid. "He puts me in and I try not to disappoint him, but the only reason why
I get these goals is because every other person on the field does his job
of my job description is to score goals and part of Eli's job description is to
combine. Everyone has a different role on the field and my role is to score."
State will need to continue to piece its offensive and defensive attacks
together as the schedule only gets tougher. The Nittany Lions will head to West
Virginia on Wednesday before returning home Sept. 29 to open Big Ten play
By Matt Allibone, GoPSUsports.com Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - Coming off of a three-game winless stretch, the Penn State men's
soccer team entered Tuesday night's game against Robert Morris in need of a boost.
off the bat, that jolt was provided by a number of some of the Nittany Lions'
youngest players, namely freshmen Mark Wadid, Connor Maloney and Mason Klerks.
trio made plays all over the field on a night that saw the Blue and White dominate
possession in the first half en route to a 1-0 victory.
really passed the ball nice in the first half and got us a lot of
opportunities," said head coach Bob Warming. "They've got a few weeks under
their belt now and they're ready to play."
who gave the team 51 strong minutes coming off the bench, scored the Nittany
Lions' lone goal off of a long through ball from Klerks with 12 minutes
remaining in the half.
freshman forward's shot was the
highlight of a first half that saw Penn State out-shoot the Colonials 9-2 and
completely control the flow of the game.
"I just saw open space and I was able to turn
and beat my guy," said Wadid. "It was a great ball from Mason and I buried it."
While the Mississauga, Ontario native may
have only scored once, he made sure his presence was felt continuously
throughout the match, getting off four shots and consistently generating
chances in the Robert Morris zone.
Warming, who has coached his fair share of
goal scorers in his 35 years as a collegiate coach, believes that Wadid has the
potential to rank with the best of them.
"Mark's a goal scorer and he's tremendous in
front of the net," said Warming. "He's got great speed and now he just has to
work on the other aspects of his game."
Warming also gave high praise to his duo of
first year midfielders, Klerks and Maloney, for the energy that they
Not only did Klerks create the Nittany Lions only
goal, he was also a rock for the team, playing 88 minutes throughout the course
of the game.
"Mason did a great job this summer working
himself into shape," said Warming. "He's catching up to the speed of the
collegiate game and he's been fantastic."
The Nittany Lions wasted no time in
establishing the tempo of the game as soon as it began, and much of that had to
do with the dynamic play of Maloney right from the jump.
While the midfielder was unable to score, his
quickness enabled him to continuously create chances, get off three shots, and
at times seem like he was in two places at once.
"He's a water bug and he's everywhere on the
field," said Warming. "He's so quick and shifty and he's seeing the game better
Maloney, who plays much bigger than his
5-foot-6, 145 pound frame would suggest, came extremely close on numerous
occasions to expanding Penn State's lead.
Despite the missed opportunities, the
Harrisburg, Pa. native was in high spirits afterward with his team coming away
with a victory.
"At the end of the day all that matters is
that we got the win," said Maloney. "I try to go as hard as possible and give
it my all and as long as we win I'm good."
Now six games into the season, the freshmen
feel as though their transition to the college game has gone smoothly with the
help of their teammates and coaches.
easy playing with the veterans on our team,' said Klerks. "It's great to
contribute this early but the older guys make sure we do the right thing and we
look up to them."
the Nittany Lions now back in the win column following a hard fought and
emotional 1-1 tie against fifth ranked California on Friday night, Morning and
his team feel as though they have established good momentum moving forward.
biggest focus for the Lions now will be finishing off more of their chances and
keeping their energy consistent throughout an entire game.
proud of them because they gave a gutsy performance when they were exhausted,"
said Warming. "They never quit and with the way we played (against California)
I feel like we've won two in a row."
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - On a night where pride, friendship, resiliency and honor were on
display on the inaugural Mack Brady Night, the way the Penn State men's
soccer team competed with No. 5 ranked Cal was almost perfect.
Lions tied the Golden Bears 1-1 after playing two overtime sessions with either
team being unable to notch a goal in the extra 20 minutes.
the message put forth by the Penn State soccer program, athletic department and
community outweighs the end result of the soccer match.
athletic department was just fantastic tonight," said head coach Bob Warming.
"We have a first class athletic department to do the things that they did
tonight for a special member of our community."
squad could have given up on Friday night after a goal by Steve Birnbaum in the
20th minute in the early stages of the first half and going over 70
minutes of being shutout by one of the nation's best teams.
were able to look at the Brady family and the motivation provided by them and
the cause they were supporting with the patch in honor of the late Mack Brady
and tie the game in the 77th minute on Kyle MacDonald's first career
goal in the blue and white.
the ball on the right wing, Owen put in a great job to get to a dangerous
position down on the line, kept his head up and crossed the ball and I saw the
defenders crashing toward the goal and put it away," said MacDonald.
as MacDonald's goal found the net, Jeffrey field erupted. Not only because the
game was tied, but because it was tied for Mack Brady and his family. That's
who Penn State was playing for Friday night.
from the start of the game, the address that Dean Brady gave set the tone for
the whole game," said MacDonald. "It wasn't about us tonight, it was more about
the Penn State community and how they got behind Mack Brady and the Bradys.
game really meant much more than a soccer game."
Andrew Wolverton sat in between the pipes just a few feet away from the new
Mack Brady logos on the pitch of Jeffrey Field and all he could think about was
the patch on the back of his jersey.
whole time (Mack) was in the back of my mind and I wish I could have gotten the
shut out for him, but that's a good team so letting up one goal is not
terrible," said Wolverton.
allowing the goal, the Nittany Lions did something that defines the legacy Mack
Brady left behind.
each others backs.
Howard proved that late in the 88th minute when Cal had a clear
chance on net after getting past Wolverton and Howard came out of nowhere to
deny the goal and negate any further scoring opportunities for the Golden
just shows that the whole team is committed to keeping the ball out of the
net," said Wolverton. "It's not just me it's the whole team and that was a
prime example of it."
the draw aside, Warming sees the obvious positive out of his team's performance
good news is if people tell me that is the best team in the country our guys
have made a lot of progress the last two weeks," he said.
State returns to Jeffrey Field on Tuesday at 7 p.m. against Robert Morris.
On Dec. 31, 2012, eight-year-old Mack Brady passed away unexpectedly. Brady was an avid fan of Penn State soccer. The Nittany Lion men's soccer team will host the inaugural Mack Brady Night on Friday (7 p.m.) when it takes on No. 5 Cal at Jeffrey Field.
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.
and Elizabeth Brady were driving back to State College on a wintery Central
Pennsylvania night. They sat in the car together, husband and wife, thinking
Brady has brainstormed and developed ideas for most of his professional and
academic career. He is a thinker and a researcher. This time, though, it was a
prior to that car ride home; he was spending time with his wife and his son,
Mack, during the holiday season after another successful semester as the Dean
of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State.
on Dec. 31, 2012, everything changed.
an aspiring goalkeeper and follower of the Penn State men's soccer team, had a
high fever. Simply following normal protocol, his parents took him to the
doctor and then just two days later a blood infection took the life of their
son. Just like that.
put the Bradys in their car to State College on that cold wintery night.
needed to find ways to remember Mack," Christian Brady said. "I immediately
suggested that we should do something with Penn State men's soccer because Mack
loved soccer and loved playing with his friends and also came to men's soccer
games all the time."
familiar with the endowment and memorial scholarship process through his time
raising money in various ways at Penn State, contacted men's soccer head coach
Bob Warming just days after his son's death to discuss the idea.
with no hesitation, began to devise a plan to remember the child that was on
the sidelines of Jeffrey Field a couple feet away from where he coached just a
few months prior.
"At that time it was so early in the process of the grieving for
the family I just wanted to do anything possible to help the Bradys," said
Warming. "Anything that they thought would be helpful to them I wanted to do.
"Certainly it's a wonderful gift to the goalkeepers forever at
Penn State and a remarkably generous series of contributions by people from all
over the country including primarily the Penn State community. To me, it was
more about what they wanted to do to honor Mack. It was more about what we can
do to help this family."
was just the beginning of the healing and remembering process for the Brady
family. Little did they know, with the help of Warming, women's soccer head
coach Erica Walsh and their teams, remembering Mack Brady would be widespread
in the State College community just months later.
started with 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 in other areas.
really wanted it to be a fund that the coach could use to build up his
program," said Christian Brady. "They have already gotten new equipment so
[goalkeeper coach] Bo [Oshoniyi] can use it with the goalkeepers to help them
the goal is to create the best collegiate goalkeeping program in the nation."
the fund began to progress, perhaps the most significant moment came to be when
a father of a player on the State College Celtics, the soccer team Mack played
for, designed a patch to be worn on the jerseys of their team.
brought the patch to Warming one day and Warming had an idea.
asked me if his goalkeepers could wear the patch," said Brady. "I said I
thought it would be a great idea and before I could finish he said, 'forever.'
I asked him why and he said 'I want Penn State goalkeepers to always wear this
patch for Mack.'"
will be doing just that. Forever.
Wolverton, Danny Sheerin, Micah Collins and Evan Finney will be the first group
of goalkeepers to wear the patch. Wolverton, the starting goalie for the
Nittany Lions felt honored to be able to start this tradition in the season
opener against Radford on Aug. 30.
a huge honor," said Wolverton. "It gives us a reason to play harder for and
something to honor every time we go out there and play. It's a horrible tragedy
for the Brady family, but it's a great honor for us and for them and I know it
really means a lot to them."
only has the soccer program create the fund and wear the patch, they also
helped Mack's teammates and other youth soccer players in the State College
area at a camp this summer in Mack's honor.
helps gives us purpose," said Brady. "It helps us remember Mack in a positive
the Bradys, the Penn State athletic department and community are set to
continue to honor Mack on Friday against No. 5 California with the inaugural
Mack Brady Night, proving the true colors of the school at which Christian Brady
has spent over seven years working.
has been a lot of discussion about the culture and character of Penn State and
Penn State athletics," said Brady. "[This] is the culture of Penn State: to
support a community and an individual that is in loss and in need. It's a
tremendous testimony to the character of these people who make up our Penn
A New Normal
first Christian Brady and his wife were unsure as to how exactly they would
move on from the loss of their son. Now, they have thousands of people
supporting them into this next stage of their life, a stage Brady called the
is the new normal for the Bradys? It is without Mack physically, but
spiritually he is still very much alive.
new normal is without Mack, but our new normal is now with Mack being known to
thousands of more people than who would have ever known who he was," said Brady.
"We might have gone to the game Friday night and Bob would have said 'hi' to
Mack and Bo would have asked how keeping is going, but that would be it and we
would just sit and watch the game.
hopefully there will be a couple thousand people on Friday night to come out
and support Penn State players and tip the hat at Mack and recognize him."
and parking is free on Friday and there will be a number of events for kids, an
auction and other events giving all proceeds to the fund. A few thousand are
expected as there is a whiteout and Twitter hashtag #MackTheJeff.
the simple things, like a Twitter hashtag or a whiteout, it all creates new
ways for the Bradys to think of and remember Mack.
this helps us find the new meaning and helps his memory live on in a very
positive way," Brady said. "There's a lot more to it, but that's a start."
the most perfect part to all of this; Mack had the dream of becoming a
goaltender at Penn State and although it cannot physically happen, his dream
will live on forever through the fund and the patch.
It was perfect imagery for Brady, Warming and Wolverton. In soccer, goalies
have the team's back at all times. With the patch on the jerseys, Mack will
have their backs, forever, while they live out his dream.
knew that the odds of Mack starting some day for Penn State and becoming the U.S.
National goalkeeper, which was his dream, were pretty slim," Brady said. "He is
doing that now, in a sense though. Some of these guys are going to be good
enough to play pro and that means they are going to carry Mack's name with
Bradys will never forget that car ride in last winter where they had to think
about ways to honor their son that passed away just hours earlier.
because of the fund, the patch, Friday's game and what will happen in the
future, nobody will ever forget Mack Brady.
is the new normal for Christian and Elizabeth Brady.
Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - A lot of things happen in the air. Birds fly, planes fly, rain
comes down, sunlight shines through. No matter what it is, something always
happens in the sky.
Dennis' life is primarily based in the sky.
day he looked up at the clouds, the sunlight and the features of the sky and
was intrigued. So intrigued, he decided he wanted to spend his college career
studying the atmosphere and meteorology.
was seriously just fascinated with the sky," he said. "I was looking at the
clouds and from there I have loved everything I have been doing with it."
looking up once or twice, Dennis' life goals were concrete. His love for science was always there, but upon transferring to Penn State from American
University, his love for meteorology was firm. It was clear what his focus was
going to be academically while at Penn State.
was an odd choice at first, especially when he told his academic advisor that
he wanted to enter the meteorology program.
went to my advisor and told her I wanted to try meteorology and she asked me
why," he said. "I said 'I don't know, I am just fascinated by the sky.'"
it all doesn't sound unusual right now, but here's the twist.
Dennis isn't just a student at Penn State. His life isn't predicated in the sky
solely because of his academic endeavors. The connection between Dennis and the
sky also come from the turf at Jeffrey Field, the home of Penn State soccer.
a student-athlete is a meteorology major. It's different, even Dennis himself
admitted to that. But there is a connection between the two because of the way
he plays on the field.
thrives in the air. Because of his ability to win balls in the air, Dennis has
become a very important piece to the ever complicated offensive attack in the
game of soccer.
State men's soccer head coach knew he was getting an aerial presence when
Dennis transferred in 2011.
called around to a lot of coaches in the Patriot league and asked them about
(Dennis) and they told me he was unbelievable in the air and would be terrific
in the air at any level," said Warming.
can head it harder than most human beings can kick it."
proved that on Sept. 1 against Central Connecticut State as he notched his
first goal as a Nittany Lion late in the second half in Penn State's 1-0 win.
The goal came just two days after he recorded his first points in blue and
white off an assist against Radford.
exciting," the redshirt junior said. "Sometimes the game works out like that.
As soon as Connor (Maloney) hit the cross I knew it was a goal."
was aware of Dennis' aerial abilities prior to his arrival and is even getting
more of an idea in the early going of his team's 2013 season.
he didn't know when Dennis transferred was the type of person he was getting
out of the Easton, Md. native.
of Dennis' parents played soccer at Penn State. His father, Greg Ennis, was a four-year starter
on the men's team and his mother, Laura, played on the women's team and was an integral
part moving the team from the club level to the varsity level.
was getting a Penn State guy, through and through, that also happened to be an
intriguing human being.
all in for Penn State," Warming said. "He came here for academic reasons and we
were happy he came. I love talking to Eli. I really enjoy talking to him and
hearing about all of his adventures he had over the summer."
of those adventures was his trip in Boulder, Colo. at the National Center for
Atmospheric Research. Dennis was selected as the lone representative from Penn
State to apply to the program and was one of 20 students from across the
country to be selected to attend the conference.
the conference students toured the facilities, met scientists and interacted
with them regarding their research and individual paths to the center.
this experience and all of his studies with meteorology, Dennis came to an
him, at least, soccer and meteorology are similar. Both involve detailed study,
curiosity and precision in order to be correct and successful.
is a true science and people are always studying and observing their
surroundings trying to get a better understanding of how things work in the
atmosphere," he said. "On the soccer field you need that same curiosity and
excitement to learn and get better."
reasons are why Dennis and his head coach get along so well. Dennis likes
breaking the atmosphere down and looking at the reasons why certain situations
play out the way they do. Warming does the same thing with soccer.
is fun to work with Coach Warming because he is so good at breaking down game
film and talking about little moves in such detail and it's almost a science,
just like meteorology," Dennis said.
Dennis took a step back and put his academic and athletic journey in
perspective he realized that he really does live his life through the air both
in the classroom and on the soccer field.
has all come together for him over the past few months whether it was attending
the conference in Colorado or his first points as a Penn Stater. Dennis has
come to what he called a "cool" realization that his journey has become much
more solidified in the classroom and on the field in similar fashions.
in both respects, there isn't time for him to dwell on the past.
cool it worked out like this," he said. "I haven't thought much about it, but
there's not much time to dwell on a goal or a personal achievement. I can't
live in the past and have to be focused on the next opportunity."
will get his next opportunity on the soccer field this weekend as Penn State
faces Rutgers on Friday and St. John's on Sunday.
Mike Esse, GoPSUSports.com Student Staff
PARK, Pa. - It's no secret that the Penn State men's soccer team features a lot
of youth in 2013, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
two 1-0 wins against Radford and Central Connecticut State this weekend, it is
also apparent that the youth is more than capable of creating scoring
opportunities this season for the Nittany Lions.
with a veteran defense and goaltender, true freshmen Mark Wadid and Connor
Maloney gave Penn State soccer fans a glimpse of the future this weekend as
both were involved in the two goals Penn State scored in its weekend victories.
night against Radford, after having numerous scoring opportunities, Wadid came
through with a goal in the 69th minute notching his first point as a
feels great," Wadid said. "I was relieved. I had a couple chances I could have
finished in the first half and I kept my composure and then I popped one in in
the second half."
performance impressed head coach Bob Warming, not only because of his first
career goal, but the pace in which he played and the amount of opportunities he
had against Radford.
pretty fast, isn't he?" Warming said. "That's what good strikers do, though.
Good strikers keep shooting and want to get goals and forget about the misses
Sunday it was Maloney who provided a cross that redshirt-junior Eli Dennis
headed into the net in the 80th minute to break a scoreless game against
Central Connecticut State.
laid the cross perfectly to Dennis, who notched his first goal at Penn State,
one game after getting his first point as a Nittany Lion on Friday against
served a great ball and I was lucky to be at the right place," said Dennis. "As
soon as he hit it I said wow I have to put this away. He put it on a silver
platter. I didn't have to do anything, he did all of the work."
captain Owen Griffith went down on Friday night with a minor ankle sprain, Warming
looked right to his freshman to step up on Sunday and they did exactly that.
still have a bunch of guys that are out right now and we needed guys to step
up," he said. "That was my message to them: 'you're not a freshman anymore, you
are one of our players and we need you to make an impact on the game when you
thought all of them really responded and they were great."
is a luxury for Warming to be able to have a reliable group of defenders in
goaltender Andrew Wolverton and center back's Martin Seiler and Akil Howard to
be able to gel with his young group of scorers on the offensive end.
certainly were able to gel Sunday night and Warming was satisfied with that
after showing his team video of Friday's match against Radford and seeing them
improve in a few key areas.
showed them video clips of our team and showed them a few things we needed to
do to have a little ball circulation and spread the field out a little bit
better," he said Sunday night after his team's second 1-0 shutout of the
in that phase of the game it was absolutely outstanding. Ball circulation and
movement was incredible."
The two shutouts are
even more special for this Penn State team as they come in the first two games
the goaltenders have worn a patch for Mack Brady, who passed away unexpectedly
at the age of eight this past year.
State soccer will further honor Brady, who had a love for soccer and
goalkeeping, on Friday Sept. 13 at Jeffrey Field for the inaugural Mack
Brady Game against California with all proceeds benefiting the Mack Brady
State will travel to Rutgers and St. John's this weekend before returning home
on Sept. 13.
By Mike Esse, GoPSUSports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.
when a team loses 10 student-athletes to graduation the expectations the
following season aren't necessarily high, especially when that group produced a
regular season conference championship.
is not the case for reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year Bob Warming and the Penn
State men's soccer team as they begin the 2013 season Friday at 7 p.m. at
Jeffrey Field against Radford.
starts with his captains: two players that played a big impact in the 2013
season and now assume leadership roles this season.
are fortunate to have two great captains on the team in Andrew Wolverton and
Owen Griffith," said Warming. "Immediately upon completion of the season last
year I named them captains and they have done an outstanding job with the team
all through the spring season and into the summer."
Nittany Lions may have lost a good amount of their contributors from one year ago,
but they are returning and welcoming a few players that will make an immediate
impact in 2013.
is a perfect example. He saw a lot of time in 2012 between the pipes, but this year
will be a little different mainly because he is healthy. Wolverton spent four
months prior to last season rehabbing a hip injury and was never fully healthy.
year it was trying to help him manage and get through when he wasn't as quick
and sharp and seeing things as he normally would," said Warming. "It is the
exact opposite this year. Andrew had a great summer playing in the Premier
Development League (PDL) down in Florida and he is confident and sure now."
with a summer of soccer under his belt, Wolverton is prepared to be a full time
presence in net for Penn State. His mission hasn't change much, though.
though I have had more time in net this summer, it's always been about helping
the team as best as I can just like it was last year," said the senior
spent his time in the PDL, where he also played with Penn State center back
and senior defender Martin Seiler have combined with Wolverton to put together
a very strong and versatile defense in 2013, one that replaces Brian Forgue.
is one of the smarter center backs around," Warming said. "He's tough, strong
and physical. He, Akil and Andrew have formed a great relationship with each
Building the Offense
losing three All-Big Ten performers from last season, Penn State is trying to
rebuild offensively with a few new pieces.
like the defense, one of its biggest parts of the new look offense is a player
was sidelined in 2012.
junior Jordan Tyler has recovered quickly from an ACL injury last fall and has
already shown what he will bring to the team this season after a quicker return
the rule of thumb is that however long you are out it takes you twice as long
to get back to complete mental and physical sharpness in our game," said his
head coach. "Jordan has been out for almost a year so I think he is probably
ahead of where all of us thought he would be, which is encouraging."
has teamed up with Griffith and freshman forward Mark Wadid to show a glimpse
of what this offense can do as it continues to develop.
Jordan back is huge and Mark is someone who can definitely step up for us,"
said Griffith. "We have a lot of different players and are still trying to
build chemistry, but definitely have the drive to do some of the same things we
did last year."
knows his offensive unit is still getting comfortable with each other and
because of that free kicks become even more important than they were in the
is going to take a little while to gel and get the attack going so it means
that we are going to be super sharp and take advantage of every free kick
situation that we can," he said.
winning the Big Ten regular season title last year, this year's men's soccer
team wants more. They want to go to PPL Park, home of the Philadelphia Union
and host of the men's soccer College Cup in 2013.
has been there before with two different programs and adamantly believes he can
do it with a third.
Because his team believes they can. It's that simple.
a couple of great books that are written about why people are successful," said
Warming, who most recently made the College Cup with Creighton.
ask me how we went to 17 consecutive NCAA tournaments at Creighton and the
reason was because they believed they were going to. They had seen somebody do
it and knew it was possible."
regular season conference championship from one year ago is that sense of proof
for Penn State.
after a 34-year drought from the College Cup, this team's goal is simple.
last time Penn State was in the final four was 1979 so that was 34 years ago
and we are just going to make sure its not 35," said Warming. "We are going to
do everything we can to get this team into Philly and get them into the final four
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Nittany Lion men's soccer is winding down training camp. Head coach Bob Warming, junior midfielder Owen Griffith, junior goalie Andrew Wolverton preview the 2013 season. Penn State travels to Navy on Saturday for a 6 p.m. exhibition before returning home to host Radford on Friday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.