Penn State Men’s Soccer Top No. 10 Indiana on Mack Brady Day

Penn State Men’s Soccer Top No. 10 Indiana on Mack Brady Day

Penn State Men’s soccer took the field Sunday in their first Big Ten match of the season against #10 Indiana University. What made this day special was the fact that the players were playing for more than themselves. They were playing for Mack.

Sunday was the Third Annual Mack Brady Game in honor of Schreyer’s Honors College Dean Christian Brady’s son Mack, a goalie, who passed away in 2012 just two weeks away from his 9th birthday. “I think that first of all, since it’s the Mack Brady Game, this is a special moment,” said Head Coach Bob Warming. “Einstein once said, ‘No energy is ever lost. We cannot create energy and it cannot be lost, it goes someplace else. We felt that here today.”

Penn State’s first real test of the game came early in the first half. Dani Marks brought down a player in the box resulting in a penalty kick for the Hoosiers. Indiana’s Tanner Thompson stepped up to take the kick but was saved by redshirt-senior and goalie Matt Bersano to keep the game scoreless.

Going the other way, the Lions had a good chance to get the go-ahead goal in the first half after midfielder Drew Klingenberg took a shot from far out that was saved by Indiana goalie Colin Webb.

In the second half, the Lions started to gain momentum and in the 69th minute, defender Robby Sagel scored his first ever goal in a Penn State uniform with an assist from Brian James. Sagel made a quick run into the box and took a left-footed shot for the lone goal of the game as well as the win for the Nittany Lions.

With the win, Penn State is now 3-1-1 overall and undefeated in Big Ten Conference play. The Lions are on the road next as they travel Columbus, Ohio to take on Big Ten Conference opponent Ohio State on September 20th, at 3 p.m. Fans wishing to watch the clash with the Buckeyes can access the game on BTN Plus.