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The Penn State midfielder becomes the eighth Nittany Lion to be drafted by an MLS club
The Nittany Lions fell in a hard-fought battle to Ohio State in a 1-0 loss
The senior netted his third goal of the season in the 94th-minute of the match to give Penn State the 2-1 overtime victory in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament
Connor and Austin Maloney earned All-Big Ten honors after a successful 2015 campaign
The Nittany Lions take on the Wildcats in their final regular season match at noon Sunday, Nov. 1
2014 COLLEGE SPORTS MADNESS ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
2015 (Senior): Was one of just two players to appear in and start all 18 matches for the Nittany Lions in 2015 … Posted nine points with three goals and three assists … Took 24 shots, including eight that were on goal … Notched a .333 shots on goal percentage … Scored his first goal of the season against JMU (Sept. 8) on a free kick … Had two game-winning goals with his first coming against Rutgers (Oct. 3) … Netted the golden goal against Michigan State in the Big Ten Tournament first round match (Nov. 7) … Earned the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Penn State.
2014 (Junior): Played in each of the team's 20 matches, starting in 18 ... Logged 1,465 minutes out on the pitch, scoring one goal and earning a team high and Big Ten best seven assists ... Fired off 21 shots, nine of which were on goal ... Season's lone goal came in a 2-0 win at Bucknell (Oct. 1) ... First assist of the year came in a 3-0 win vs. St. John's (Aug. 31) ... Added another assist,Sept. 13 on a game winning goal at Indiana to begin Big Ten play ... Added another assist in a 3-0 win vs. St. Francis (Sept. 16) ... Registered a season high two assists in a 6-2 victory over Penn (Sept. 24) ... Notched a second assist in Big Ten play in a 1-0 win vs. Rutgers (Oct. 4) ... Tallied final assist on a game winning goal in 2-1 victory over Wisconsin (Oct. 26).
BEFORE PENN STATE
2013 (Sophomore - Virginia):Made 17 appearances for the Cavaliers including two games in the NCAA Tournament against St. John's in the Round of 32 and Maryland in the NCAA Semifinals ... Made four starts, scoring three goals, tied for sixth on the team ... Scored the game-winning goal over St. John's in the regular season ... Tallied second goal of the year in a win over George Mason ... Notched the golden goal in a win over Boston College in the ACC regular-season finale.
2012 (Freshman - Virginia):Played in 18 games with 14 starts in the midfield ... Tallied a goal and two assists in 1,108 minutes of playing time ... Notched first collegiate goal against Xavier ... Assisted on a pair of goals against Drexel and Wake Forest.
High School/Club/ODP:Scored 78 goals and tallied 168 assists at American Heritage's Boca Delray campus ... Named a two-time ESPNRise All-American First Team in 2011 and 2012 ... Named Florida's 2012 Gatorade Player of the Year ... Led nation in assists during high school career in 2009 (44), 2011 (36) and 2012 (55) ... Led American Heritage to 2009 and 2011 FHSAA State Championships ... Named Palm Beach Player of the Year three times (2010-12) ... Named Sun-Sentinel Player of the Year in 2010 and 2012 ... Led the team as captain in 2011 and 2012 ... Earned a call into U.S. U-18 National Team camp in 2010 ... Played club soccer for Weston Academy FC (2010-12) ... Selected to USSF Academy Starting XI South Conference three times.
Personal:Brian Patrick James was born October 25, 1993 in Boca Raton, Fla. to Alvin and Karen James ... Has a sister, named Kassidy ... Father, Alvin, played pro soccer for the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers (1989-94) of the American Soccer League and American Professional Soccer League ... Alvin played college soccer at UNC Greensboro (1985-86) FIU (1987-88). At UNCG, the Spartans won two NCAA Division III titles.
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