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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

Women’s Soccer Streaks to Another Big Ten Title

The women’s soccer team Sunday won its tenth straight game, hammering Michigan 4-0 in Ann Arbor. It was impressive, but as consecutive wins go, it was nothing compared to the conference title streak the Nittany Lions extended this weekend: With the victory, Penn State secured its 14th straight Big Ten regular-season crown. Maya Hayes scored twice against the Wolverines, pushing her nation’s best goal total to 25.

The Lions close out the regular season Friday at home against Purdue.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

October 24, 2011 at 12:10 am 2 comments

With Ali Krieger’s Help, U.S. One Step Closer to World Cup Glory

The Women’s World Cup wrapped up its quarterfinal games Sunday, and the U.S. team needed a dramatic comeback victory to survive. The Americans topped Brazil on extra-time penalties, tying the game at 2-2 in the final moments before edging the Brazilians 5-3 on spot kicks. The last of those penalties was taken by Ali Krieger ’07, who has started every game in the tournament for the U.S. For Krieger, the team’s right back, it was a rare chance to put the ball in the net. This ESPN.com link has the highlights, including video of Krieger’s clinching penalty and celebration.

The U.S. will face France on Wednesday in one of two semifinal matches, looking to earn a spot in next weekend’s final.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

July 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm 1 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

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

Fall Sports In Full Swing

We just wrapped up the first sports weekend of the fall semester, and in Happy Valley at least, the weather cooperated — it was beautiful up here. Results, on the field and the court, were mixed.

Down in Chapel Hill, N.C., the women’s volleyball team extended its NCAA-record win streak to 105 matches by going 3-0 at the Carolina Classic. The field hockey team, ranked 18th to start the season, opened with a 4-0 thrashing of No. 16 ODU before falling 3-0 to No. 3 Virginia. The No. 12 women’s soccer team started the season with a 1-1 draw against No. 15 Virginia before falling 2-1 to William & Mary.

Oh, and football? With the season opener just five days away, the preseason depth chart is out, but the quarterback position is still wide open. Obviously, it’s rare to be this close to the opening game and not know who’ll be under center, but as Mike Poorman ’82 points out, the fact that it could be a true freshman makes it that much more intriguing. I guess we’ll know soon enough.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

August 30, 2010 at 8:59 am Leave a comment

Joanna Lohman: From Playing Field to Front Office

Former Penn State soccer star Joanna Lohman ’04 Bus, who has continued her playing career in the Women’s Professional Soccer league and for other teams abroad, is moving beyond the playing field. And she’s hoping to move beyond soccer—to the NFL.

Joanna Lohman poses with the rest of the Washington Freedom braintrust.

This week, she was named general manager of the Freedom Futures, the developmental squad for the WPS’s Washington, D.C., franchise, the Freedom. And she told The Washington Post in this story that she’s got her eye on a bigger long-term goal: GM of the Washington Redskins—who, let’s face it, could use some help at 3-8.

Lohman is a native of the D.C. area and proud owner of a LaVar Arrington ’00 H&HD Redskins jersey, but she says those aren’t her only credentials. She told the Post, “Being around Joe Paterno at Penn State, his teams have always been blue collar. We don’t have names on the back of our jerseys; it’s always about the team before the individual. I think the Redskins could benefit from that type of outlook a little more.”

Hard to fault that logic. And great to see more women making inroads in professional sports management.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

December 4, 2009 at 12:47 pm 1 comment

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