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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

XC Marks the Spot for a Great PSU Sports Weekend

3801434I knew the email would be waiting for me this morning, and so it was: A question from my Alumni Association colleague (and former Nittany Lion distance runner) Jayson Jackson ’99, wondering why I hadn’t already blogged about the women’s cross country team claiming its first Big Ten Conference title.

Here you go, Jay.

Led by senior Bridget Franek, who torched the 6,000-meter Blue/White course Sunday with a winning time of 20:03, the host Nittany Lion women edged runner-up Illinois to capture the conference crown. It was a great showing on a weekend full of them by Penn State student-athletes. Running through the highlights:

-The men’s soccer team moved into sole possession of first place in the Big Ten standings with a 2-1 win Saturday over Wisconsin. It’s been a rough couple of years for Coach Barry Gorman’s squad, but now that they’ve finally had some luck avoiding injuries, they’re reminding the rest of the league what they’re capable of.

-The women’s soccer team seems fully recovered from its slow start to the season; they’re unbeaten in eight games after Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of visiting Purdue. I was there, and was lucky enough to see one of the nicest goals I’ve ever seen in person, at any level of soccer.

With Penn State up 2-0 early in the second half, senior left back Tara Davies made a great overlapping run, tearing nearly the entire length of the field from the left, then lofting a shot from virtually no angle into the far corner of the Purdue net. Everyone at Jeffrey Field, including the players (not least the unlucky Purdue goalkeeper) looked momentarily shocked before the crowd erupted in cheers. Davies celebrated the goal — the first of her college career, coming in her final regular-season home game — with a flipping summersault before being mobbed by her teammates.

Junior Danielle Toney, a player more accustomed to scoring, tallied her 11th and 12th goals of the season to claim the Big Ten scoring lead.

-As Lori and Jessie already documented, the top-ranked women’s volleyball team extended its own NCAA record Friday with its 88th straight victory, a 3-0 sweep of Minnesota.

-And after a slow start, the football team looked pretty good Saturday at Northwestern. Ohio State is next. The tents at Paternoville should be popping up shortly…

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 2, 2009 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Alyssa Naeher Shows Me How to Stop a Penalty Kick

We’ve been talking about some (hopefully) fun ways to get more video on our site. With that in mind, this is the first in (hopefully) a series of me embarrassing myself with the help of some of Penn State’s best student athletes. Basically, I’ll try to find out what makes a Nittany Lion standout so good at what they do. Then, I’ll try to do it myself.

First up: Alyssa Naeher is arguably the best goalkeeper in collegiate women’s soccer, and undoubtedly one of the finest in the world. A two-time, first-team All-American, Naeher was between the sticks for the U.S Women’s U20 national team that won last year’s U20 World Cup. She’s athletic, instinctive, and a student of the game. If you follow the women’s game, you might be hearing about her for a long, long time.

Me? I played a little goalie when I was about 10 years old.

Last week at Jeffrey Field, Alyssa and teammate Nikki Watts were nice enough to take time at the end of practice to indulge me.

(Click the arrow-box thing to the left of the “vimeo” logo to make it full screen)

Thanks to Alyssa for the pointers and impromptu camera work, and to Nikki for giving me at least one ball I could actually save.

Any ideas who I should hit up next? I’ve got a few, but suggestions are welcome.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

September 8, 2009 at 2:49 pm 4 comments

Women’s Soccer Opens With a Win — and Some National Ink

On a beautiful Friday night at Jeffrey Field, the women’s soccer team opened Penn State’s fall sports season with a 1-0 victory over Virginia. The Nittany Lions didn’t actually look great, wasting a few chances in the first half and allowing UVA way too much possession in the second, but a combination of Dani Toney’s terrific solo goal — she beat the entire Virginia defense on an end-to-end run — and Penn State’s stingy defense meant they were good enough. And good enough is still pretty good in August, especially considering the Nittany Lions started three true freshman, a point noted in this ESPN.com column. Yes, the Worldwide Leader had a correspondent at the game, which is pretty cool indeed.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

August 24, 2009 at 4:35 pm 1 comment

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