Nov. 11, 2005
A 27th minute Brian Devlin goal proved to be the game winner for Penn State in semifinal action against Michigan State. After a buildup from the left side of the field, Simon Omekanda sent the ball into the box where freshman Jason Yeisley touched it behind himself with a no-look pass to Devlin, who was essentially one on one with goalkeeper Jason Tillman. Devlin put the ball just out of the reach of the outstretched Tillman and into the back of the net.
The two teams began the game conservatively, with the first corner kick of the game not coming until the 24th minute. Penn State's most dangerous chance of the half after the game when Omekanda put the ball towards the net while falling in the box, and Tillman was forced to fully extend himself and knock the ball out of play.
Penn State's Conrad Taylor was forced off of his line in the 38th minute when Louis Stephens had possession on the Penn State goal line. Taylor came out to defend him and Stephens shot attempt was blocked.
The Spartans' best opportunities came from free kicks. Ryan McFadden played one across the box from about 20 yards out to a teammate's head, but the header went wide of the goal. Less than one minute later McFadden had another chance from about 25 yards away from the goal, which was cleared by the Penn State defense.
In the 89th minute, Omekanda carried the ball down the right side after a quick free kick was taken. Omekanda beat a defender and slotted the ball to freshman Yan Carvalho, who put the ball in the back of the virtually empty net for the final score of 2-0.
The Nittany Lions advance to the 2005 Big Ten Championship on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. from the campus of Northwestern.