Penn State Men’s Soccer Celebrates All-Conference Honors
Though the team has been in a recent skid, Penn State Men’s Soccer has reason to celebrate tonight, as four members earned Big Ten honors.
Forward Connor Maloney received the award for Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team. Just a sophomore, Maloney was a member of the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team last year, and this year, he scored nine goals and three assists on the way to 21 total points. Five of those goals were game winners, which led the Big Ten. He tied for second in both points and goals in the Big Ten, and started every game for the Nittany Lions. Maloney was one of just two unanimous selections for the first team.
Joining Maloney were midfielder Owen Griffith and goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton, who both earned Second Team honors. Griffith and Wolverton, both seniors, played vital roles on the team, which is currently ranked 19th nationally and awaiting seeding in the NCAA tournament. Wolverton was third in the Big Ten with .83 goals against average, and tied for second with nine shutouts in just 17 games, giving him the most shutouts per game in the Big Ten.
Along with the all-conference selections, the Big Ten recognized redshirt senior defenseman Eli Dennis as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, for distinguishing himself with sportsmanship, ethical behavior, and good citizenship off the field.