Dec. 17, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The 2013 Penn State men's soccer season was a memorable one, now you have a chance to vote for the best match of the year. Five games are up for a vote on Twitter by replying to @PennStateMSOC
by using the hashtags listed below.
This season, the Nittany Lions went 13-6-2 and reached the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010. The five matches up for vote are:
#PSUvsCAL: Sept. 13 - 1-1 tie with No. 5 Cal on Mack Brady Night in front of 3,032 fans
#PSUvsIU: Oct. 6 - 2-0 win at defending NCAA champion Indiana
#PSUvsMSU: Oct. 20 - 2-1 double overtime win at No. 14 Michigan State
#PSUvsNU: Oct. 27 - Big Ten title-clinching 2-1 double overtime win vs. Northwestern
#PSUvsUCSB: Nov. 24 - 1-0 win in the NCAA Second Round over 10th-seeded UC Santa Barbara
#PSUvsCAL: Penn State Draws No. 5 Cal, 1-1, on Mack Brady Night
Penn State fought to a 1-1 draw against No. 5 California Friday night at Jeffrey Field as it celebrated the life and legacy of Mack Brady in front of an announced crowd of 3,032. Kyle MacDonald sent the Penn State faithful into a frenzy by squaring the game with his first career collegiate goal in the 77th minute. Teammate Owen Griffith laid off a beautiful pass to MacDonald, who struck the ball into the top shelf from 10 yards away.
#PSUvsIU: Nittany Lions Knock off Indiana, 2-0
Jordan Tyler and Owen Griffith tallied first-half goals and Andrew Wolverton made five critical saves in Penn State's historic 2-0 win at Indiana. Penn State posted its first shutout at Armstrong Stadium in program history and first victory in Bloomington since 2005. Jordan Tyler scored in the 15th minute on a Connor Maloney assist before Griffith doubled the lead in the 25th minute on a gorgeous 18-yard strike off Grant Warming's second assist of the game.
#PSUvsMSU: No. 17 Nittany Lions Top No. 14 Michigan State in 2-1 Thriller
Down a goal at half, No. 17 Penn State came back to defeat No. 14 Michigan State, 2-1, in double overtime Sunday afternoon at DeMartin Stadium. Redshirt-junior striker Jordan Tyler tallied the game winner in the second overtime. Drew Klingenberg notched the equalizer early in the second half, his first goal of the season, on an arching 25-yard strike in the 51st minute. Tyler would win it just 53 seconds into the second overtime on a beautiful long ball from Mike Robinson for the 101st-minute tally. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton saved a career-high nine shots in the game as Penn State opened up a six-point lead in the Big Ten standings after four matches.
#PSUvsNU: No. 13 Nittany Lions Capture Big Ten Title Behind Tyler's Brace
No. 13 Penn defeated No. 19 Northwestern, 2-1, Sunday afternoon in dramatic fashion to earn the program's fifth Big Ten championship. Jordan Tyler scored the game-tying and game-winning goal in overtime for the Nittany Lions. The match first seemed destined for a 1-0 NU victory until Tyler's header with 1:47 remaining in regulation forced overtime. Then a 1-1 draw looked like the outcome until the 109th minute when NU's Connor Holloway had his pass at midfield intercepted by Connor Maloney, who took the ball and rushed down field. Maloney drew a Wildcat defender at the top of the penalty area and passed a perfectly placed ball to Tyler who sent it into the back of the net for his fifth goal of the year and fourth game-winner.
#PSUvsUCSB: Maloney's Blast Sends Nittany Lions Past 10th-Seeded UCSB, 1-0
A beautiful 78th-minute goal by freshman Connor Maloney helped No. 16 Penn State men's soccer past 10th-seeded and 15th-ranked UC Santa Barbara, 1-0, on Sunday night at Harder Stadium in front of 4,420 fans. Mike Robinson whipped a cross to Jordan Tyler the top of the penalty arc as Tyler had his back to goal. He laid a perfectly timed pass to a running Maloney who took one touch to his right and uncorked an 18-yard bullet to the left-side netting past Gaucho goalkeeper Josh McNeely with just 12:15 remaining in the match. The victory was just Penn State's fifth on the road in NCAA tourney play. The last PSU road win in an NCAA match was Nov. 22, 1998 at Connecticut in the NCAA First Round.