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Men’s Soccer Goalie Evan Finney Named Big Ten Defensive Player Of The Week

The Big Ten awarded men’s soccer goalkeeper Evan Finney the first Defensive Player of the Week honor after a huge performance against No. 1 Stanford on Friday.

The San Francisco native got the start against the top-ranked Cardinal in what seemed like a homecoming. He held the flashy Stanford offense scoreless through the full 90 minutes plus another 20 minutes of overtime to secure an opening game draw. In the effort he stopped six shots, including the game-saving stop below.

He stopped two more shots two days later against UC Berkeley before he was forced out of the game. In the 82nd minute, he sustained an injury due to a reckless red card tackle from Bears striker Simon Lekressner.

Finney is the first Nittany Lion to receive a Big Ten Player of the Week honor since goalkeeper Matt Bersano did so in mid-September last year. He’s currently playing his first full season as the starting goalkeeper, since he replaced Bersano toward the end of last season.

In five starts, he allowed just six goals and stopped 22 shots on his way to winning two games. He was named to the 2015 Big Ten All-Tournament Team after a stellar showing in Penn State’s two tournament games.

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Steve Connelly

Steve Connelly is a senior majoring in PR and an editor for Onward State. He is a proud native of the state of New Jersey, and yes, he is literal trash. He is a soccer fan, nap enthusiast, and chicken tender connoisseur. He tries to be a photographer sometimes despite one of his photos inspiring the name of his future sports bar, the Blurry Zamboni. You can follow him on Twitter @slc2o (feel free to slide), email him at [email protected], or come say hi to him in his office, the Irving's basement.


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