BLOG: Tyler's Overtime Heroics Fitting Way to Clinch Title
Oct. 28, 2013
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
In the biggest match of the 2013 season, Tyler had another chance to prove how good he can be and he did just that. With his team down 1-0 with under two minutes remaining, Tyler was able to team up with sophomore Drew Klingenberg to net the game-tying goal against No. 19 Northwestern.
Then, after a scoreless first overtime session, Tyler took a centering feed from freshman Connor Maloney and netted his fifth goal in seven matches to clinch Penn State's second consecutive Big Ten title.
"Hats off to Connor he was pressuring the defender and picked off a pass and from there it was a 2-on-2 and that is like a dream to have a 2-on-2 in double overtime to have a chance to win the Big Ten," said Tyler. "I knew if Connor could beat his guy I could get myself open for a nice pass and that's exactly what happened."
The end was fitting because of the numerous storylines behind the win.
Not only did it clinch another conference title, but it was also on Senior Day, which perhaps was the most emotional part for Tyler. His two goals were able to send the senior class off in proper fashion, the senior class that frankly he should be a part of if it wasn't for his ACL injury.
"This is actually supposed to be my last home game at Jeffrey Field," he said. "I'm fortunate enough to get another year but it's a dream come true to win the Big Ten for them on their Senior Day in their last game of their careers which was supposed to have been my last game as well."
Tyler's two goals had a lot of short and long-term implications for himself and his nationally ranked Nittany Lions.
It vaulted Tyler into one of the Big Ten's top scorers, clinched another conference title, and it continues to put the Nittany Lions in a good position for the postseason.
For head coach Bob Warming, all of that culminates into the continual development of a program he took over just four years ago.
"Last year was the second time in 22 years that we won the Big Ten regular season championship and now this is the third time in 23," Warming said.
Penn State probably doesn't beat Northwestern, or lead the Big Ten, without it's uncanny knack to stay positive after an early deficit.
It's something that has resonated with Warming's teams in the past and defines this 2013 season. Perhaps, the most important quality as the competition will only heighten for Penn State moving forward.
"We were down one goal again just like we were at West Virginia and Michigan State and we turned the game around," said senior defender Martin Seiler. "It shows how much we want it."
Penn State will have another tough task Tuesday night, this time on the road against Penn, who currently sits atop the Ivy League standings.