Penn State Hosts Ohio State on Senior Day
Oct. 26, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -Penn State men's soccer plays its home finale at 1 p.m. Sunday against Ohio State at Jeffrey Field. The Nittany Lions (9-4-2, 3-1-1 B1G), who sit in first place in the Big Ten, will celebrate the careers of their 10 seniors following the clash with the Buckeyes (6-9-1, 0-4-0 B1G).
ON THE HORIZON
The contributions span the length of the field as there are seniors at each position, including three forwards (Julian Cardona, Marvin Ledgister, Hasani Sinclair), four in the midfield (Jacob Barron, Daniel Burnham, Daniel Parr, Minh Vu), two on the back line (Brian Forgue, John Gallagher) and goalkeeper Emmanuel Martin.
A LOOK AT THE BUCKEYES
The Buckeyes have split time in the goal with a pair of keepers. Alex Wimmer has logged 810 minutes and owns a 1.56 GAA with 44 saves, while Alex Ivanov brings a 1.73 GAA and 38 saves in 676 minutes to University Park.
Head coach John Bluem leads the Buckeyes in battle in his 16th season with the program. Bluem is assisted by associate head coach Frank Speth and assistant coach Taly Goode.
A HISTORY OF THE SERIES
The Nittany Lions hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Buckeyes, 16-11-2. Last season the teams split their two meetings as Ohio State captured a 1-0 victory in overtime in the regular season before Penn State upset the second-seeded Scarlet and Gray, 2-0, in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich. In his first season at Penn State in 2010, head coach Bob Warming led the Lions to a 2-1 win at Jeffrey Field. Penn State has not lost to Ohio State at home since a 2-1 loss in 2006.
LAST TIME OUT
The loss marked the first in Big Ten play for Northwestern since Nov. 11, 2010, when Penn State tallied a 3-1 win in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. With the win, Penn State finishes the 2012 season undefeated on the road in Big Ten action with a 2-0-1 record, the first time it has done so since finishing 6-0-0 in the conference in 2005.
After 103 minutes of scoreless play, Hasani Sinclair took control of a bouncing ball from a rebound off Daniel Parr's shot just yards from the Northwestern goal and blasted a shot off his left foot and behind NU keeper Tyler Miller to clinch the victory for the Nittany Lions with his first goal of the season.
STATE OF THE UNION
Northwestern (10-4-2, 3-1-0 B1G) visits Madison, Wis., for a showdown with Wisconsin (6-7-3, 1-3-0 B1G) at 1 p.m. Sunday, while Indiana (11-3-2, 3-1-0 B1G) faces Michigan State (7-7-1, 2-2-0 B1G) at the same time in East Lansing, Mich. If both the Wildcats and Hoosiers lose, the Nittany Lions would be declared Big Ten champions, while a tie by both teams would result in at least a share of the conference crown for the Blue and White. For a breakdown of possible scenarios, click here.
Michigan hosts Valparaiso Saturday in an out-of-conference contest.
Senior Julian Cardona (Lincoln, Neb.) has been a force on the attack this season, tallying 12 points on five goals and two assists. Those numbers have the Nebraska native sitting in fourth in points and third in goals in the Big Ten. Classmate Minh Vu (Tuscon, Ariz.) leads the team and is tied for eighth in the Big Ten in assists (3), while John Gallagher (Pine Bush, N.Y.), Hasani Sinclair (Coral Gables, Fla.), Daniel Burnham (Boise, Idaho) and Drew Klingenberg (Gibsonia, Pa.) have added a pair of helpers. Burnham's trio of goals this season has him tied for eighth in the conference. Multiple Nittany Lions have contributed to the offensive success as 15 players have recorded a point, including 10 with goals.
Defensively, the Nittany Lions have allowed just 44 shots on goal, fewest in the Big Ten. Sophomore Andrew Wolverton (Snellville, Ga.) has allowed just three goals in more than 500 minutes of play (0.51 GAA), recording 19 saves in seven starts. Wolverton ranks second in the Big Ten in save percentage (.826). Senior Emmanuel Martin (Cormontreuil, France) has taken 698 minutes in goal on the way to a 0.90 GAA.
THE RISE OF AN ARMY
The seven Big Ten teams have combined for nearly 70,000 fans at 61 home games this season.
ODDS AND ENDS
Cheney and redshirt-freshman Kyle MacDonald (Yardley, Pa.) recorded their first collegiate points on the same play in the 3-0 win over Adelphi. MacDonald notched an assist on Cheney's scoring strike in the second half. First-year goalkeeper Danny Sheerin (College Park, Md.) made his first appearance against the Panthers, guarding the net for the final nine minutes of the shutout. Klingenberg opened his collegiate account with an assist on Cheney's gamewinner against Wisconsin Sept. 21.
ALL YOU NEED IS ONE
Seven of the nine Penn State wins have been decided by one-goal differentials.
Senior Brian Forgue anchored the defense every minute of the run, while classmate John Gallagher was off the field just over a minute. Freshman Shane Campbell and junior Martin Seiler helped suffocate opponents' attacks the majority of the duration on the back line alongside Forgue and Gallagher. Three keepers, Emmanuel Martin, Andrew Wolverton and Danny Sheerin, spent time in goal for Penn State, combining to stop the 12 shots.
For his game-winning goal in the second overtime period against Northwestern Oct. 21, Hasani Sinclair was named Player of the Week by Philly Soccer News.
Owen Griffith, a sophomore defender, was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 10 after helping the Nittany Lions shut out West Virginia in a scoreless draw Sept. 6. Senior defender Brian Forgue picked up the first Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors of the season Aug. 27 following a 3-0 victory over Stetson in the campaign-opener. Classmate Julian Cardona garnered a spot on the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week the same day after his two-goal performance against the Hatters.
Numerous players have also landed on all-tournament teams after the WVU Nike Classic, co-hosted by West Virginia and Penn State, and the Class of `98 Invitational, co-hosted with Bucknell, in which the Nittany Lions finished a combined 4-0-0.