Former Penn State Goalkeeper Andrew Wolverton Signs With LA Galaxy
Andrew Wolverton — Penn State soccer’s gentle giant — was one of the staples of another successful season for the program. After four impressive years as a Nittany Lion, Wolverton had to look forward to the next level of his career and found one MLS team was already looking at him.
In January, Wolverton was selected 84th-overall in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by the reigning MLS Cup champion, LA Galaxy. The Penn State goalkeeper is now on the active roster after signing his very first professional contract on Tuesday. The Galaxy selected Wolverton for his success as a four-year starter, his size and raw ability, and the accolades he received during his college career.
The 6’6” goalkeeper from Atlanta, Georgia burst onto the Penn State soccer scene in 2011 as he started all 22 games for the Nittany Lions and went on to make 70 starts in 72 career appearances. Wolverton leaves Happy Valley with one of the most decorated careers in program history. He’s the program’s all-time leader in shutouts (32) and goals-against average (0.53), and fourth all-time in career saves with 225.
The senior goalkeeper showed incredible ability in net all four years, but had arguably his best season in 2013 when he made a career-high 76 saves with a 0.81 goals-against average and eight shutouts. His successful season was recognized by the conference as he was named the 2013 Big Ten Goalkeeper of the Year. In his senior season he picked up where he left off the previous year as he led Penn State to a 12-6 record with 64 saves, a 0.90 goals-against average, and nine shutouts. He capped off his senior season with one of the best games of his career during the NCAA semifinal against Syracuse, when he recorded eight athletic saves while keeping Penn State in arm’s length of the Orange before eventually falling 2-1.
Wolverton finished his career with a number of accolades, including earning All-Big Ten Second Team honors in 2012 and 2014, All-Big Ten First Team in 2013, 2014 College Sports Madness All-Big Ten First Team, and All-American Second Team just to name a few. Wolverton also performed well in the classroom, as he was awarded Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2012 and 2013, and graduated with a degree in management in the winter.
Wolverton is the seventh player in Penn State history to be drafted by an MLS club, and will be joined in the Galaxy’s net by goalkeepers Jaime Penedo, Brian Perk, and Brian Rowe — all of whom are 6’1″ or smaller. Though it isn’t certain how much playing time Wolverton will see right away, one thing’s for certain — LA just signed one hell of a young goalkeeper.
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