Nov. 13, 2005
An 87th minute goal by freshman Jason Yeisley would be all the Nittany Lions needed to win the 2005 Big Ten Men's Soccer Championship over Indiana. Simon Omekanda received the ball from Brian Devlin with his back to goal and played a ball wide that Yeisley was able to run on to and get a shot off from about 15 yards out. Indiana goalkeeper Chris Munroe was able to get his hand on the high shot, but couldn't get enough of the ball to deflect it over the crossbar, and it wound up in the back of the net.
Penn State and Indiana were scoreless through most of a windy Championship Final at Northwestern University. Despite being held scoreless, both teams put on the pressure offensively, creating back and forth action throughout the game.
Penn State had the first good chance of the game as Omekanda and Yeisley combined inside the box, but their shot was saved by Chris Munroe. Four minutes later the Hoosier offense had an opportunity at the other end when Brian Plotkin took a free kick 20 yards from goal, but the ensuing shot went just wide.
The teams continued to battle back and forth throughout the half, but Munroe and Lion goalkeeper Conrad Taylor controlled their boxes. Taylor left his box in the 41st minute to head away a loose ball and clear it out of danger.
The best opportunity of the half came on a late Indiana corner kick. In the 44th minute, Lee Nguyen took a low corner kick that made its way to the foot of Plotkin. Plotkin fired a shot from about 20 yards out that seemed destined for the back of the net, but curved just high.
The teams played more conservatively in the second half, both creating less good scoring opportunities. Indiana had a sequence of three consecutive corner kicks in the 57th minute, but Taylor and the Penn State defense were able to keep the ball out of the back of the net.
Indiana had another opportunity in the 60th minute, when Nguyen found himself behind the Penn State defense on a breakaway, but Taylor was able to come out and make the save. He again came up with a big save in the 82nd minute when Jacob Peterson found himself alone in the box, but could not beat the sophomore goalkeeper. Taylor was called upon to make nine saves on the day compared to Munroe's one. The Hoosiers outshot the Lions 18 - 7, and had nine corner kicks compared to none for Penn State.
For his efforts, Taylor was awarded the Defensive MVP honors for his outstanding work in the shut out, as Penn State did not allow a goal in its two Championship games. Yeisley was named the Championship's Offensive MVP.