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Penn State Soccer Beaten, 100-11

Last Friday night, the women’s soccer team celebrated senior night—and its 14th straight Big Ten title—with a 2-0 victory over Purdue. That was a lot of fun, but it wasn’t the only highlight of the night: At halftime, 11 members of the men’s soccer team took the field for a game against kids from Centre Soccer Association, the local youth league. (I coached my son’s U7 team in CSA this fall.) A ranked Division I college team playing against a bunch of kids aged 7-13—how could this be fair?

Well, the kids had a numbers advantage. 100 to 11, to be exact.

Someone finally posted video last night, and you can get a sense of how much fun this was to watch. The CSA kids won 3-2, thanks in part to the opening goal scored by Luke Fey, son of Brad ’95 and Denise ’95 Fey. Hoping this becomes an annual affair at Penn State men’s and women’s soccer games. It was a blast.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 1, 2011 at 8:59 am 1 comment

A Brush With Greatness at Jeffrey Field

Here’s what happens when I take my kids to Jeffrey Field to watch a soccer game, as I did Tuesday night for Penn State’s 2-0 victory over Penn: I try to pay attention to the action on the field while keeping one eye on my 6-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter, who spend most of the time climbing the bleacher steps and hanging on the railings in an apparent effort to hurt themselves. They’re pretty good at it.

It was during one of my son’s forays up and over the rows of bleachers that an older gentlemen asked him if he was a soccer player. My son’s very 6-year-old response: “Well, I play on a soccer team.”

The conversation went on like this for another minute before the man said, “You know, I used to play goalkeeper on this field.”

Right then, I knew who he was. I couldn’t remember his name, but I was sure enough that I turned to my son and said, “This man was a national champion.”

When I got to the office Wednesday, my colleague Julie Nelson and I dug through some back issues of The Penn Stater before finding the ad that gave it away. The man talking to my son was Ron Coder ’51, the star goalkeeper on Bill Jeffrey’s 1950 and ’51 national title teams and an eventual U.S. Olympian. Coder and his wife Hope ’54 live at The Village at Penn State, and it was Coder’s appearance in an ad for The Village that I remembered. (And yes, at 83, he still looks like he could get out there and stop shots.)

My son is too young to appreciate stuff like this. But for me—as a soccer fan and an alum—it was a really cool moment. One of the great things about living here is the chance to soak up more of Penn State’s history. All the better when you encounter that history thriving in the present.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

October 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

Penn State Sports: The Monday Blahs

The busiest Penn State sports weekend of the semester was a bit of a letdown. There was some good news: the Nittany and Lady Lion basketball teams and sixth-ranked wrestling team opened their seasons with wins, and the No. 8 women’s volleyball team extended its Rec Hall unbeaten streak to 88 matches with sweeps of Wisconsin and No. 9 Illinois.

That was the good news.

There was disappointment but no shame as the field hockey and women’s soccer teams both fell to higher-ranked opponents in NCAA tournament play. The men’s soccer team, meanwhile, hosted the Big Ten tournament at Jeffrey Field, beating Northwestern in the opener and upsetting top-seeded Indiana in the semis to set up a meeting with Michigan in the final. We were blessed with unbelievable weather this weekend, so I took in both Friday’s semifinal and Sunday’s final.

I also took our camera; credit for whatever half-decent shots I got goes largely to our Nikon D40. Here’s one from Friday afternoon’s semifinal against IU. That’s Penn State midfielder Drew Cost (8) lining up a long-range shot. (Click to enlarge)

Jeffrey Field is one of my favorite places on campus to be in the fall. The sunsets up there can be gorgeous, and they made for some great shadows and color on the field. It’s also a nice backdrop for a fan looking contemplative over his vuvuzela.

Penn State lost the title game to Michigan, 4-1, a score that didn’t reflect how well Penn State played — the Nittany Lions actually outshot the Wolverines 23-16 on the day. Here’s one of those shots, a first-half attempt by freshman forward Jordan Tyler.

The Nittany Lions’ only goal came late in the first half, when Cost received a pass on the edge of the Michigan box, made a quick move to his right and shot low toward the far corner…

The keeper never had a chance.

The final score was a bummer, but at least the kids had a good time: That’s my son and my buddy Dave’s two boys clowning around at halftime.

Figured I’d end it with some cuteness.

The soccer team awaits confirmation of an NCAA at-large bid, to be announced Monday afternoon.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment

Showdown in Columbus

So there’s a pretty ridiculous amount of Penn State sports activity at University Park this weekend, which actually kicked off Thursday when the men’s soccer team opened Big Ten tournament play at Jeffrey Field with a 3-1, come-from-behind win over Northwestern. (Check out this link for all the weekend events.) That said, for most of us the biggest game is in Columbus, where the Nittany Lions are huge underdogs against No. 8 Ohio State.

Penn State doesn’t have a great record in Ohio Stadium — not that any visiting team does — but the Lions did pretty well on their last trip to Columbus. As for Saturday’s game, it’s not the first time Penn State has been picked to be blown out at Ohio State. The Columbus Dispatch has a great piece about the Lions’ very first trip to the Horseshoe, way back in 1956, when Woody Hayes (left) prowled the Buckeye sidelines and Penn State was a late fill-in after Navy cancelled its game there. The home team was favored by three touchdowns in that one, too. Final score? Penn State 7, Ohio State 6.

I imagine most Penn Staters would be thrilled with the same score this weekend.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 12, 2010 at 4:22 pm 1 comment

JoePa Gets 400, and Much More From a Busy Weekend of Penn State Sports

It’s shaping up to be a beautiful week in State College, fitting weather for the campus-wide good vibes still lingering from Saturday night. I took my 5-year-old to Beaver Stadium, and after the game I told him that one day he’d be able to tell his kids about seeing Joe Paterno win his 400th game. Honestly, I don’t think he grasped it; all my son knew was that he had a blast high-fiving our neighbors in section NAU over and over again in that second half.

In the two days since, there have been a bunch of great stories on Joe Paterno’s 400th career win (we’ve already linked to a couple of them on our Facebook page). Here’s a couple more you might have missed:

This wrap-up from the Altoona Mirror is cool for the embedded video link, which offers a close-up view of Paterno on the shoulders of lineman Eric Shrive and graduate assistant coach Gus Felder ’02 (who I’m pretty sure was on the field as a player when Joe broke Bear Bryant’s Division I victory record back in 2001). It offers a (more…)

November 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm Leave a comment

We’re Not the Only Penn Staters Celebrating Our 100th Birthday This Fall

We just got copies of The Penn Stater‘s centennial issue back from our printer — check the blog next week for more on that — but we got a reminder today that we’re not celebrating alone. The men’s soccer team this year is marking its 100th season of competition, and on Saturday afternoon, the Lions will try to mark it with a win over a ranked conference rival.

The high-scoring Nittany Lions (led by junior forward Corey Hertzog, the nation’s top scorer) welcome No. 25 Ohio State to Jeffrey Field Saturday at 3 pm. It’s Senior Day for Penn State, when the Lions will not only send off five graduating players, but also plan to welcome back luminaries from the program’s past, including legendary coach Walter Bahr, two-time All-American Dick Packer ’56 (pictured at right) and 1979 Hermann Trophy winner Jim Stamatis ’80.

Looks like a bunch of former Lions might be back in town, and after a damp, chilly week, the weather is supposed to be gorgeous. My dream Saturday itinerary? Leave the house tomorrow with the football team up two or three touchdowns at Minnesota, stop by the Creamery, and get to Jeffrey Field in time for kickoff. Fingers crossed.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

October 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

Penn State Gets Its Man — Again.

The men’s lacrosse team has announced its new coach, and based on his résumé, the hiring is a great one. Jeff Tambroni, who led Cornell to the NCAA Final Four in three of the past four seasons, is the man charged with leading the Nittany Lions to a place among the game’s elite. Tambroni replaces longtime Penn State coach Glenn Thiel ’66, who retired in May.

The hiring looks like a coup for the Lions, who lured a proven coach from a successful program to take over a team that finished just 2-11 last season; indeed, the move left many in the lacrosse world scratching their heads. But Tambroni says family ties explain it: He was an All-American at Hobart College, but his wife, former Cornell field hockey coach, Michelle Frates Tambroni ’91, was a field hockey standout for Penn State. (Michelle hopes to help Char Morett ’79 with the field hockey team in some capacity now that she’s back in town.) Regardless of the details, it’s another impressive hire for Penn State, who brought in respected Creighton soccer coach Bob Warming to replace Barry Gorman last month.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

June 20, 2010 at 8:48 am Leave a comment

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