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All About the Goalies


Sunday was “Mack the Jeff” day at Jeffrey Field, the now annual men’s soccer game that doubles as a tribute to, and fundraiser in the memory of, Mack Brady. The son of Communications Arts & Sciences lecturer Elizabeth Brady and Schreyer Honors College dean Christian Brady, Mack was 8 when he died suddenly of a blood infection in December 2012. We’ve written previously about Mack, who was a huge soccer fan and aspiring goalkeeper, and this annual event remains a terrific thing.

This year’s Mack Brady Day provided a chance to honor the memory of another goalie lost too soon: Connor Darcey, the men’s lacrosse player who died in a car accident in June. The mood was brightened somewhat Sunday by a celebration of their memories, and by the result: A 1-0 Nittany Lion victory over 10th-ranked Indiana. The result wouldn’t have held if not for a first-half penalty save by senior goalkeeper Matt Bersano, captured above by photographer John Cobes.

Inspired by Mack Brady’s memory, and by the scholarship fund that bears his name, the men’s soccer program has claimed the aspirational title “Goalkeeper U.” Both in the game and in the bigger picture, Bersano’s save couldn’t have been better timed.

Ryan Jones, senior editor


September 15, 2015 at 1:56 pm 1 comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Oct. 7, 2013

From news to features, your daily dose of everything Penn State.

A big win in Bloomington: Okay, so the less said about Saturday’s game the better. But at least one Penn State “football” team enjoyed a successful trip to Indiana this weekend. Jordan Tyler and Owen Griffith each scored first-half goals and goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton saved a second-half penalty to give the Nittany Lion soccer team a 2-0 win over Indiana. How big was this one? The Hoosiers are the defending national champions. It was Penn State’s first win at IU since 2005, and first-ever shutout at Armstrong Stadium. Most important, it puts the Lions at 2-0 in Big Ten play and atop the league standings. Next up for Penn State: a Friday night Homecoming game against Michigan.

Happy Homecoming: And yes, it’s Homecoming Week. We’ve got our interns, Sarah Olah and Maggie McGlinchy, heading out around town and campus this week to bring your more coverage—keep an eye out for that as the week goes on. In the meantime: The official 2013 Homecoming Cookbook, featuring 60 recipes from Penn Staters, is on sale now at the HUB. The cookbook will also be available Friday at the Hintz Family Alumni Center, and at Homecoming store locations along the parade route. The Homecoming Committee plans to make it available for online purchase starting next week.

And while you’re making Homecoming plans: Don’t miss the official Alumni Zone Tailgate this Saturday at the Multi-Sport Facility. (more…)

October 7, 2013 at 8:47 am Leave a comment

Fun at FedEx Field

I was one of about 50,000 Penn Staters who spent a beautiful fall Saturday in Landover, Md., to witness the Nittany Lions’ 41-24 win over Indiana at FedEx Field. You most likely know the highlights: Quarterback Matt McGloin threw for a career-best 315 yards and the Lions returned a blocked punt for a touchdown late in the third quarter to spark the victory. I took a couple of photos that seem worth sharing:

That’s the view from the press box, watching the Lions start what proved to be a 99-yard, first-half touchdown drive on their own one-yard line. Fullback Mike Zordich (No. 9) opened the drive with a four-yard run.

That’s senior center Doug Klopacz leaving the field after the game. Klopacz suffered an ankle injury in the first half and did not return. Lovely as the day was, I can assure you he had no interest in being dressed for beach weather on Saturday afternoon.

Among the Penn Staters who left FedEx Field in a much happier mood were undergrads Alex Cohen and Rachel Wallen, who had front-row seats near the corner of one end zone.

I know Alex from his gig as president of Paternoville. He and Rachel came down to catch the game, then celebrate her 21st birthday with friends in Washington, D.C. The gloves she’s holding? A birthday present from Nittany Lion running back Stephfon Green, who handed them over as he passed their seats after the game.

The regular-season ends Saturday when Michigan State—still in the hunt for a share of the Big Ten championship—visits Beaver Stadium. Kickoff is at noon. We won’t be counting on weather this good, but a similar result would be just fine.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 21, 2010 at 9:05 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

Football Season Gets Closer By The Second

Tickets went on sale Monday for Penn State’s 2010 Big Ten matchup “at” Indiana — the quotes nodding to the fact that Indiana has chosen to play its home game at FedEx Field outside Washington, D.C. The Hoosiers’ motivation is purely financial, while Penn Staters benefit by having lots of tickets available for a game just a few hours from Happy Valley. Tickets are available to Nittany Lion Club members, with the high point holders getting first crack; NLC members can click here to log into their accounts and check on availability.

There won’t be nearly as many tickets available to Penn Staters when the Nittany Lions face defending national champion Alabama next September in Tuscaloosa, but there is good news: The game is almost certain to be a prime-time national telecast on ESPN. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that CBS, which has dibs on SEC home games, will pass on the game because it would conflict with the network’s coverage of US Open tennis. The story quotes CBS executive VP Mike Aresco saying the network tried to talk Penn State into moving the game up a week, but that the administration wouldn’t budge.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

March 16, 2010 at 8:50 am Leave a comment

Penn State’s Unlikely 2010 Road Trip: At Indiana … in Landover, Md.?

Fedex II

FedEx Field will feel like home next November

This just in: The Nittany Lions’ 2010 road game “at” Indiana will be played at FedEx Field, home of the Washington Redskins. The reason? As Chris Korman ’04, sports editor for the Bloomington (In.) Herald Times tells us, it’s all about the money. Korman reports that the Hoosiers stand to make $3 million playing a “home” game about 650 miles from campus, much more than they’d make if they actually played at home. Of course, given D.C.’s proximity to State College and Penn State’s substantial alumni base in and around the nation’s capital, most of the 92,000 fans inside FedEx next November 20 will be clad in blue and white.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

August 26, 2009 at 3:02 pm 1 comment

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