No. 23 Men's Soccer Opens Season at Ohio State Classic
Complete Ohio State Classic Game Notes
University Park, Pa., August 31, 2005 - The No. 23-ranked Penn State men's soccer team opens the 2005 regular season on Friday, Sept. 2 with a 5:00 p.m. ET match-up with eighth-ranked New Mexico at the Ohio State Classic in Columbus, Ohio. The Lions will finish tournament play on Sunday, Sept. 4 at 12:00 p.m. ET when they meet Marquette.
Entering his 18th season at Penn State, Head Coach Barry Gorman returns 13 lettermen, including seven starters, from last year's 20th-ranked squad. Headlining the returnees are senior co-captains David Walters (Hunlock Creek, Pa.) and Brian Devlin (Philadelphia, Pa.). Walters, MVP of the Penn State Nike Classic and the Golden Hurricane Classic in 2004, was recently named to College Soccer News' pre-season All-America third team. Devlin, a former first and second team all-Big Ten midfielder, has started all 65 of his career games.
Also back are one of last year's top scorers, junior Simon Omekanda (Rochester Hills, Mich.) and five-time 2004 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, sophomore goalkeeper Conrad Taylor (Colorado Springs, Colo.). In just two years, Omekanda has collected nine goals and 13 assists from his forward position. Taylor played every minute in goal for the Nittany Lions in his freshman campaign, recording 75 saves and eight shutouts.
Penn State remains on the road for its next action when it travels to Blacksburg, Virginia for the Virginia Tech Classic on Sept. 9-11. The Lions will battle James Madison (Fri., Sept. 9) and the host Hokies (Sun., Sept. 11). Penn State opens up the home season on Friday, Sept. 16 versus No. 9 UCLA in a game that will nationally televised by the Fox Soccer Channel. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. at Jeffrey Field.
Scouting New Mexico
Penn State and the Ohio State Classic
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