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By Miranda Kulp, 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.


By Miranda Kulp, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Most students at this university can always remember when they visited the university and experienced Happy Valley for the first time. However for Penn State men's soccer player Sam Bollinger, Penn State has been within five minutes from his house since he was a toddler.


Originally born in Boston, Bollinger moved to State College before he was one when his dad became a chemistry professor here at Penn State.


Born and raised Nittany Lion fan, Bollinger reflects on the journey of being a fan to making the men's soccer team in his sophomore year.


"It's honestly a dream come true, I've been coming to these games since I was five and I've always wanted to play on the team," stated Bollinger. "My freshman year I was on the club team but then I walked on this year and it's been great achieving that dream of mine."


Although Bollinger played club his freshman year, he was determined to make his dream of playing Division I soccer a reality.


"Sam is a great story about someone who is following his dream, who trained to make his dreams a reality," said Head Coach Bob Warming.


"He fits in great with the team; he also stands as a role model for everyone. He's a perfect example of someone who is playing Division I soccer but is also dedicated to his studies. Through his actions he demonstrates that he's at Penn State to play soccer but also because he loves the school," continued Coach Warming.


So far for his first season with the team, Bollinger has appeared in ten matches and started one, racking up a total of 293 minutes playing time. He helped the Lions tie with Ohio State by scoring his first goal in college play.


"Sam is an energy guy, he has more running power on the team than anyone else, so when he comes off the bench he speeds the game up," said Coach Warming.


Outside of soccer, Bollinger is just as dedicated to his academics. Currently a chemistry major and biology minor, he also is in Penn State's honor college.


In 2014 he was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Athlete and was an Academic All-Big-Ten honoree.


Bollinger has aspirations to attend medical school after undergrad to help him prepare for a career as a doctor in the future.


"Between my education and soccer I don't really have a lot of time for anything else but both things are important to me so I never mind giving them the extra demanded time," said Bollinger.


Bollinger credits his father for instilling his focus and dedication to his education. Additionally with his family living so close to the university he explains his parents are always willing to support him out in both soccer and schoolwork.


"My dad is a chemistry professor here at the university, its funny because I never thought I'd go into what he teaches but I think I want to go to medical school after Penn State," said Bollinger. "My dad definitely has an impact on how serious I take my academic."


"He and I are pretty close so my dad is always willing to help me out in whatever I need," continued Bollinger.


Growing up in State College, Bollinger always was a fan of the university and the Blue and White. He also stands as an inspiration of someone who not only is perusing his love for soccer, but also determined to better himself through his academics.


"Penn State is a great combination of academics and athletics so I always knew I wanted to come here," stated Bollinger. 

By Miranda Kulp, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's soccer team fell in a 4-3 defeat against Maryland in a Big Ten Conference match Friday, Oct 9.

However, there are some noticeable positives that came out of the heartbreaking loss. Friday's match was the highest scoring match for the Nittany Lions this season.

"I think that we have a lot of things to build on," commented Head Coach Bob Warming. "All of our guys felt that we played as well as we have all year and we don't accept any moral victories but we know how we can play against one of the most talented teams out there."

The entire team played great; however some players such as senior Drew Klingenberg especially shined during the match.

"I thought we had a great game plan and the guys stuck to it, I think Drew was special tonight with this goal. We have several players really step up today to keep us in this game,"
said Coach Warming.

To start the game, Klingenberg netted his first goal of the season by striking the ball in the center of the box in the 18th-minute with assist by teammate Riley Grant.

"There definitely was a crazy score line, it felt great to get that goal for my team and get us on the board," said Klingenberg. "The second and third goal were just as great, unfortunately they got more goals though. Games like these we just need to work on some things so that won't let that happen again."

Klingenberg's goal not only got the Nittany Lions on the scoreboard, but it also set the momentum for the entire match.

"The epitome of this team is passion, we want to be here and play well for our fans, for our family, and for our teammates. We want to represent this university the best way we can," stated Klinenberg.

Klingenberg is a veteran midfielder who has always remained an essential player for the Blue and White not only skill wise but for his willingness to never give up during the game.

Throughout the match, the Lions never gave up the fight. The team took 18 shots over all and ten shots on goal.

Another standout player for the Nittany Lions was junior Connor Maloney, who scored twice for the Blue and White.

"Everybody fought hard today, although we didn't win, everyone played great today," said Maloney.

Penn State walks away from this match holding its head high as the team remains focused and determined as it carries on the rest of the season.

"The overall lesson from this match is this is the epitome of how we want to play every game. Although we lost, the team played fantastic," stated Klingenberg.

"The next step now is we have to keep our heads up and prepare for West Virginia and arrive with the same intensity," continued Klingenberg.

The Nittany Lions will be back in action Tuesday, Oct. 13 when they hit the road to West Virginia for a mid-week non-conference match against the Mountaineers. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Dick Diesk Soccer Stadium.

By Miranda Kulp, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - This year, one of the biggest goals for the soccer program is keeping the legacy of GoalkeeperU alive and well here in Happy Valley.


This program is designed to not only attract the best goalies to play for Penn State, but also to train the current goalies to perform to the best of their abilities.


A goalie arguably is one of the toughest players on the field; he's the last line of defense and sometimes the only thing preventing the other team from scoring.


Currently the Nittany Lions have four goalkeepers that range from freshman to redshirt-senior in class level.


Although these four guys all came to State College with the same goalkeeping dreams, they each come from different backgrounds and interests outside of Jeffrey Field.


Matt Bersano  


New to the program and starting goalie is redshirt-senior Matt Bersano. Before Penn State, Bersano graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in speech communication, and now is enrolled in the masters program for international affairs at PSU.  



Going from West coast to East coast, Bersano credit's the team for making the transition easier.


"It's a huge difference goring from West coast to East coast and since this is my first time on the East coast h for an extended period of time it's an entirely different experience. I've noticed a difference in weather and the people, but so far I'm enjoying my time here," stated Bersano.


"Although it was a huge adjustment, I figured it was something I needed to do and moving here to Penn State was the best move for my soccer aspirations," noted Bersano. "Additionally, being on the team and having my teammates to help me out with adjusting always makes the move easier."


Although Bersano's schedule is mostly dominated by soccer and academics, he also writes a blog for AthleteStory in his spare time.


"This summer is when I got asked by a friend to write for the blog, it's a great way to share my story about traveling to play with different teams and what it's like to be a professional prospect," Bersano said.


Danny Sheerin


Another redshirt-senior is veteran goalkeeper Danny Sheerin. 



Originally from Maryland, Sheerin grew up a Nittany Lion fan and always had dreams of attending Penn State.


"Growing up I was a huge Penn State fan. Both my parents went here and would always bring me up for football games and would take me to the soccer matches. Even as a kid I always knew this is somewhere I wanted to go," said Sheerin.


"It's a dream come true not only being a student here but being on the team makes the experience just that much better," continued Sheerin. "I've gotten so close with all the guys, we're a family. We can always joke around with each other but at the same time are there for one another, they for sure have impacted my time here at Penn State."


Not only is Sheerin dedicated to soccer, he also is dedicated to his academics. Currently a supply chain management major, he was able to intern with one of the top leading generics and pharmaceutical companies, Mylan Inc this summer.


"I worked at Mylan for about a month and did data management for them; it was great experience and taught me a lot about the business."


Sheerin is graduating in December and hopes to continue to pursue his career in supply chain management.


Evan Finney


Fellow veteran is junior Evan Finney. Originally from San Francisco, Finney left the California sun to pursue his passion for soccer at Penn State.


"It's definitely different here than in California but ever since I visited Penn State I loved it here and knew I wanted to come. It's a beautiful school and has a great soccer program," said Finney. 


During the summer, when Finney was back in California he spent time working with kids and helping them through the ReSet Foundation.


"It was a fun summer working with the foundation and it was a great experience being able to give back," said Finney. "The foundation gives kids a second chance whether that means getting them work experience or helping them achieve their GED, it really showed me how fortunate I am and allowed me to spend time improving the lives of those kids."


Although it was a great summer for Finney, he's happy to be back at Penn State and with the team.


"Being here and on the team is amazing. I love these guys they've made my decision to come to Penn State a lot more fun because of how close we all are," stated Finney.


Wes Bergevin


The fourth and final goalkeeper for the 2015 men's soccer team is freshman Wes Bergevin.


Although Bergevin counts Hinsdale, Ill as his hometown, he spent most his childhood moving around as his dad was in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 20 years.


"With my dad being a professional hockey player, we moved around a lot when I was younger to follow him around. When he retired I was about eight or nine," stated Bergevin.


However it was during his constant moving around where he found his passion for soccer.


"When I lived in Pittsburgh I actually played hockey just like my dad, but then when we moved to California since there wasn't a rink that close to us I decide to pick up soccer instead," noted Bergevin.  "It was actually my high school coach who suggested I try goalkeeping, I went to a summer camp to try it out and haven't looked back since."


With this being Bergevin's first year in college, he credits the help of his teammates for making the transition into college so easy.


"It's really cool being on the team as a freshman, everyone is always willing to help out with whatever we need and it has made the adjustment from high school to college that much easier. The older goalies are always willing to help me with training and that's a huge help," said Bergevin.


These four will be joining their teammates who are all gearing up to host the Maryland Terrapins Friday, October 9 for a whiteout game at 7 p.m. at Jeffrey Field.

By Miranda Kulp, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - For Dani Marks first year being able to play on Jeffrey Field, he's already making a name for himself. This redshirt freshman has already claimed his spot as a regular starter for the men's soccer team.


However, Marks isn't your typical underclassman, before coming to Happy Valley he lived a completely different life compared to playing soccer for a Big Ten university.


Before Marks was able to move to the United States to pursue his soccer dream he was busy serving in the Israeli Military.


"My overall experience of being in the military was good, it was tough but it was an interesting experience and it taught me a lot about myself," stated Marks. "The experience of being in the military really helps you grow up and mature faster.


However, Marks move from Ra'anana, Israel to State College wasn't the first time he had to relocate. Originally Marks was born in London, England and when he was three, then moved to Israel until he went to Switzerland for his education at sixteen.


After finishing high school he returned to Israel to serve his two-year term in the military at the age of eighteen.


"Every male in Israel is required to serve, it's something that demands a lot of physical and mental toughness but it shapes you into a stronger person," said Marks.


Despite all of Marks' major moves throughout his life, he always had his love for soccer.


"As my military time was coming to an end I decided I wanted to pursue soccer more and I knew some people who were playing in the United States so I reached out to them and I decided to go for it," said Marks.


When his two-year term was almost over, Penn State started to hear about Marks' soccer ability and immediately were interested.


"I got the chance to visit Penn State and I loved it right away, everything was perfect and I knew I wanted to come here and play," said Marks.


For Marks, visiting University Park was much more than being attracted to Happy Valley's charm or the soccer program, it was an eye opening experience to seeing his future take a path he never considered before.


"It's such a different experience for me being here now because all throughout my life I never saw myself going to college," stated Marks. "I didn't know until I was older that in America you can combine both academics and athletics so well and I really appreciate that and am thankful I can pursue both here at Penn State."


Outside of soccer, Marks is also committed to his academics and is currently majoring in journalism. Although he's focused on his studies, Marks plans on still pursuing a career in professional soccer.


"My dream is to play professional soccer, I know it'll be a challenge but I'm going to try my best. I've learned the best thing to do is not predict the future, so I'm going to enjoy my time now and keep working hard every day," said Marks.


Although this is Marks first year playing, he's definitely isn't the typical underclassman.


"Dani isn't your  typical underclassman by any means, he's mature and has had life experience that no everyone has had. I think through everything he's been through he radiates a perspective of life off him that's undeniable. Just by how he carries himself you don't get from every other guy we recruit," said Head Coach Bob Warming.


"We recruit character first, and Dani has more character than most people I've met," continued Coach Warming.


Despite Marks being an underclassman, he shows a unique sense of maturity in his leadership.


"The military, although was tough, it shaped me into a leader and showed me what hard work really means. It's an experience I'll carry with me in every aspect of my life," stated Marks.

By Miranda Kulp, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - While some of us were busy working on tans and enjoying the break from school this summer, Penn State men's soccer veteran Christian Kaschak was busy assisting in surgeries in Vietnam.

Kaschak, an aspiring surgeon, spent three weeks working with the Vietnam Medicine 17 Project where he not only observed but was able to scrub in for various surgeries.

"Initially my cousin started what's called the Vietnam Medicine Project 17 years ago and he invited me to come along since he knew I was interested in a career in medicine after college," stated Kaschak. "So, I decided this was something I wanted to do and went out to Vietnam and had a great experience."

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Kaschak, who is a current kinesiology major, explains how this trip confirmed his desires to pursue a career in medicine after graduating from Penn State.

"I would love to continue the same type of work after college, it would mean so much if I could combine my medicine career with helping others in Vietnam or anywhere needed like my cousin does," said Kaschak.

Despite his 15 plus hour plane ride for the trip, Kaschak said it was the trip of a lifetime.

Although he did get to explore the land while on his trip, most of his time was spent in a Vietnam hospital.

"The hospitals over there are a complete 180-turn from how they are organized here," said Kaschak. "I was able to scrub in on a few surgeries where here in America I would only be able to observe, so it really was a great way to get hands on experience. I was really able to see medicine in a different way than I would have in the United States."

During his trip Kaschak learned a lot about the culture and gained valuable medicine experience, however he holds one lesson especially close.

"The biggest thing I learned over there was that everyone you interact with can teach you something new," stated Kaschak. "I went into it only expecting to learn from the fellow surgeons but was impressed with how everyone I met over there had something to teach me."

Although Kaschak loved everything he was able to learn during his trip, he claims the best reward of his experience was being able to give back.

"I always try and find ways I can give back to the community," said Kaschak. "I don't simply do things for my resume or things that I think will make me look good, I do things to give back and get involved in organizations I believe in."

Besides being a scholar athlete, Kaschak is also involved in the Athletic Leadership Institute, is a representative of the Student Advisory Board, was a member of a Dancer Relations committee for THON, and even danced in THON two years ago.

"I think you can see his willingness to help others not only on the field, but more importantly in his life outside of soccer," said Head Coach Bob Warming. "Christian is an amazing kid and you see that in every aspect of his life. He's a great example of the type of kids we want in our program, not only dedicated to the sport, but dedicated to being a good person."

Now that Kaschak is back to focusing on soccer, he's already clocked 135 minutes and has two shots for the Nittany Lions this season.

By Miranda Kulp, Student Staff Writer    

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - On December 26, 2014 Brett's life would drastically change after a snowboarding accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.

Now almost a year after Gravatt's accident, the once defenseman for the Lions remain a part of the soccer family and is constantly proving to be a symbol of strength for his teammates.

"Although we wish he was playing, he still does just as much for this team, he's the pulse that keeps the team running and is constantly able to help the guys stay motivated," said Head Coach Bob Warming.

Since Gravatt isn't able to play on the field anymore, he still has his role on the team. He does a wide-range from editing video, being an advisor, and most importantly remaining a source of encouragement for his team.

Despite a tragic and life changing accident, Gravatt still keeps a positive attitude and plans to live his life to the fullest while motivating others in the process.

"I try to be a symbol of never giving up and want to encourage the attitude of how life goes on even after bad accidents," said Gravatt.

On Sunday, September 27 the Penn State men's soccer team honored Gravatt and all ability athletes during the Nittany Lions' home game against fellow Big Ten school, Michigan.

"It meant a lot to not only me but the whole team to honor Brett in this game, he's still just as much  a member of this team as he was before the accident," said senior Brain James.

Against best efforts, Penn State fell to Michigan in a 2-0 defeat.

"It is kind of like what I told our players before. Everybody wants to win, and the thing that I know that Brett, Owen, and anybody else that would like to be playing today but is not, and even the students in the stands, the one thing you have to do is honor them by giving your best effort,"
stated Coach Warming.

"If you go out and do not give your best effort, you dishonor everyone else who wishes that they could play," noted warming.

The team may have lost, but the Blue and White now that in any situation good or bad-there's a lesson to learned. This philosophy is constantly proven to them by Brett Gravatt and his story.

"It's amazing having a community like this that stands behind you and all the support makes the transition and being back at school a lot easier," said Gravatt.

Although Gravatt's life is much different than it was this time last year, he's adjusting and knows he will always have the love and support of his teammates behind him.

"Every day is getting more away from the normal, being able to walk but it's becoming the new normal for me in a chair. Everyday becomes easier and every day I strive to become stronger," stated Gravatt.

Now that Gravatt isn't playing soccer, he has found a new way to keep active by competing in and training for the Paralympic games.

"I love it, I've gotten into wheel chair racing and want to be a symbol of the Paralympic Games since not many people know about that and I want to help people become educated on sports," stated Gravatt.

Gravatt's story not only inspires the Nittany Lions, it's an inspiration to all ability athletes. He's proven that regardless of what happens, life goes on.

"If you're a competitor you're going to find a way to compete in any aspect of your life, and Brett is an unbelievable competitor. He's going to break records for sure and I can't wait to see where his journey takes him," said Coach Warming.

By Miranda Kulp, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Teammates often refer to each other as brothers due to how close a team can become on the field, however for junior Connor Maloney and freshman Austin Maloney it's more than just a saying. The two Penn State men's soccer players are indeed actually related.


" I think it's great watching two brothers play together on the same field, " said Head Coach Bob Warming.


"Both of them are great kids and extremely talented soccer players and I think they always motivate each other.I think it's great that Connor not only is a mentor to Austin but is also his actual brother and can help show him the ropes during his freshman and sophomore year here," continued coach Warming.


Connor, who is a junior and one of the team's most dominant forwards, has been a starter for the Lions since his freshman year. Now, his little brother Austin is joining him as a Nittany Lion.


Although this is Austin's first year wearing the Blue and White, the Maloney brothers have some experience playing together before coming to Penn State.


This deadly brother combo was also able to share the same field during high school at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa.


"We played one year together in high school and it was a good time, we had a great time sharing the field so I'm extremely happy I get to experience that again now in college," said Connor.


Both Connor and Austin motivate each other on the field and that is allowing Austin to gain more confidence in his first season at the collegiate level.


"He (Connor) was for sure an influence on my decision to come to Penn State, I mean the coaches and program are great and the campus is amazing but I really liked the idea of being able to play on the same team as my brother," said Austin. "Connor for sure not only motivates me to try my best but also just playing with a family member gives me a boost of confidence."


Although Austin is just a freshman, he already is showing signs of becoming just as powerful of a player as his older brother.


For his first season he's started in every match for the Nittany Lions and had a huge assist to help the Blue and White earn a 1-0 win over San Francisco in the season opener.


"I'm always proud of him and whenever I see him do something great on the field  I just run over and give him a big hug and tell him to keep playing," stated Connor. "It's great watching a younger sibling gain confidence while playing."


Connor and Austin also have two other siblings, Ryan and Kelsie. Their sister Kelsie also plays Division I soccer for West Virginia University.


"Funny enough it's not just Connor and Austin who are good at soccer in the household, that  family now has three kids who all play soccer at the college level right now," noted Coach Warming. "I think that has to do with the work ethic and competitive nature the family has."


Sports have always been an influence in the Maloney household and is something that brings the family together.


"It's a crazy competitive family, every time we would call them they'd be playing ping pong against each other and it's great they compete at everything, but at the same time they are such a sweet family and the kids are some of the nicest people," said Coach Warming.


Connor and Austin not only motivate each other to do their best as teammates, but also are each other's biggest fans as brothers, proving that their not only brothers on the field but off it as well.


The Maloney brothers will join the rest of the team as they hit the road and travel to Philadelphia to face off against UPenn on Wednesday, September 23.






By Miranda Kulp, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Although this is Robby Sagel's first year wearing Blue and White, he's fitting in  perfectly with the Penn State men's soccer team.


This year's squad is especially unique since Sagel is one-of-seven transfers in the 2015 season. Before his move to Happy Valley he played at Temple University for his freshman and sophomore year. With Penn State being a much larger school than Temple, Sagel has no regrets on his move.


"I really wanted to take the next step and challenge myself, overall Penn State is a much bigger environment than Temple," said Sagel. "It's a bigger program, bigger fan base, and with higher expectations, it's a bigger challenge,"


Not only did he want to challenge himself in soccer but in his academics as well, Sagel mentions although deciding to transfer was difficult, he enjoys the challenge.


"How could I complain, everything is so much bigger and offers more opportunities, " said Sagel. "The school, although is challenging, offers a lot more responsibility which personally I think is better."


The junior defender credits his team for making his transition easier. "One positive I noticed right away is that the team is really close, they've helped me out a lot in terms of adjusting especially since my transfer happened so fast,"noted Sagel.


Truth be told, Head Coach Bob Warming mentioned he had his eye on Sagel since his days playing at Shattuck St. Mary's prep school. After Sagel's decision to leave Temple Coach Warming was eager to have him on his team.


"It's great to watch him here at Penn State," stated Coach Warming. "He's a great player and the other guys seem to really like him on the team, you can see their reaction when he scored the goal and how they were so happy for him. It's always a benefit when you can see how smoothly some players can transition to new schools and a new team."


So far this season, Sagel has started every match for the Nittany Lions and racked up a total of 470 minutes played.


In Penn State's last home game against then-No.10 Indiana, Sagel flourished in the 70th-minute when he got his right foot on the ball and belted it into the middle of the net to give the Lions a 1-0 victory over the Hoosiers.


"I think he's made great progress adjusting and within the last 30 days, but think we'll all see him grow into an even better player as the season continues. I'm excited to see what he gets done this season and think he's becoming a great asset to the team," said Coach Warming.


Although he's a transfer from Temple, Sagel is originally from Las Vegas, Nev. He also mentions he grew up playing soccer ever since he as a little kid and fell in love with the game instantly.


"The dream is to always play soccer as long as you can but that's also why I'm glad I'm here at Penn State since the school helps prepares me for a time when I can't play anymore," said Sagel.


It's undeniable that despite only being with Penn State a few months, Sagel's transition was exceptional.


"I think he found his home here at Jeffery field," said Coach Warming.


Sagel and the rest of the Lions will be back in action on Sunday, Sept. 20 when they hit the road to Columbus, Ohio to face off against Ohio State University for their second Big Ten Conference match of the 2015 season. 

By Miranda Kulp, Student Staff Writer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State men's soccer team began Big Ten play on a high note by shutting down No. 10 Indiana in a 1-0 victory Sunday afternoon during the Third Annual Mack Brady Game.


Not only was this game special since it marked the start of Big Ten Conference matches, it was also a tribute to Mack Brady and a showcase of the GoalKeeperU family.


"I think that first of all, since it's the Mack Brady Game, this is a special moment," stated head coach Bob Warming. "Einstein once said, 'No energy is ever lost. We cannot create energy and it cannot be lost, it goes someplace else. We felt that here today."


Mack Brady not only holds a special spot in Penn State soccer's heart, but in all the GoalKeeperU family's hearts as well.


GoalKeeperU is a family within Penn State athletics, a reminder of Mack and tribute to all the goalies in sports.


Penn State men's soccer goalie Matt Bersano especially flourished during the game. Although this is his first year dressed in Blue and White, the Mack Brady fund holds a special spot with him.


"On my recruitment visit I went to lunch with Dean Brady and I got to learn all about Mack Brady and this foundation and it really showed me what we're playing for," said Bersano. "I just wanted to play my best today and make sure the other team knew that nobody is going to take the Mack Brady Game from us."


The Arizona native showcased what Penn State GoalKeeperU is all about in his game saving stop. During the 13th minute of the match Bersano refused to give the Hoosiers the lead when he dove for the save on a penalty kick.

"The save definitely reassured that Indiana would have to earn the goal and that this wasn't going to be an easy game for them," noted Bersano.


Although the Blue and White remained scoreless in the first half, Bersano's save gave the team an undeniable energy to push them through the game.

"I think the energy was a huge part, whether it's from making a save like that or in the second half when Robby scored, we are a family and always get amped up if one of us succeeds in the game," said Bersano.


This is Bersano's first year with the team after transferring from Oregon State where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in speech communications. Currently he is enrolled in Penn State's international affairs master's program.


Not only is Bersano dedicated in his schoolwork, he also shows his dedication on Jeffery Field.


For his first season as a Nittany Lion, Bersano has started every game for the Nittany Lions racking up a total of 470 minutes of playing time.


Additionally he has a total of 19 saves with a .864 save percentage. Although he's new to the team he's quickly becoming one of the leaders.


"The biggest thing with Matt is he's a great human being," said Coach Warming.


"He's a smart and all-around genuine kid and I think those qualities carry a long way when a player enters a new organization. He's always trying to do the right things on and off the field and that's the kind of kid we want to bring into every recruiting class," Warming continued.


Bersano's stellar save on Sunday kept the Lions alive until Sagel was able to break the 0-0 tie with a power shot in the second half, giving the Lions a 1-0 victory, making their current record 3-1-1.


This week the Nittany Lions get a little break until they hit the road next weekend to play Ohio State.
























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