Sophomore Connor Maloney's goal in the 52nd minute propelled Penn State past the Golden Grizzlies on opening night in front of 3,223 fans
BEFORE PENN STATE 2013 at Akron (Freshman): Appeared in 11 games ... Fired two shots in a 1-0 win at West Virginia ... Logged 40 minutes in a 2-1 win at Michigan ... Played in both games of the MAC Tournament against West Virginia and Western Michigan as Akron won the title.
Rated 12th-best prospect in the Great Lakes Region and a four-star recruit according to TopDrawerSoccer.com ... Led Copley-Fairlawn High School to district and regional championships, and the state semifinals as a junior ... Scored 16 goals, including seven game-winners, while tallying eight assists in that breakout season, earning All-Ohio Second Team honors ... Played club soccer for the Internationals SC of the US Soccer Development Academy as a senior ... Played on three Ohio Youth Soccer Association North State Cup Champion teams (2010, 2011, 2012) ... Also played club soccer with Everest SC Black (2009-12) and Ohio Select Futbol Club (2005-09).
Riley Neal Grant was born January 27, 1995 in Cleveland, Ohio to Russ and Judy Grant ... Has a younger brother, Austin, and a younger sister, Grace ...Father, Russ, played soccer at Cleveland State ... Intends to major labor of employment relations.
QUOTING GRANT ON PENN STATE
"Penn State offers a great education and has an excellent soccer program."
QUOTING WARMING ON GRANT
"Riley has a lot of impressive characteristics as an attacking player. He has good size, athleticism and technical ability. We will work with him to help him be effective with all those gifts and get our team goals."