Soccer’s Cardona headed to PSU

Butler University sophomore Julian Cardona, a forward on the men’s soccer team, will transfer to Penn State University next fall to play soccer as a Nittany Lion.

“I have enjoyed my experiences and time at Butler,” Cardona said. “But I am also very excited for the new and different set of opportunities that lie ahead of me.”

Cardona, a native of Omaha, Neb., started 19 of the Bulldogs’ 20 games last season.

With 15 shots on goal, Cardona scored four goals, two of which were game-winners.

He scored the final goal in a 4-0 victory versus IPFW on Sept. 1, 2010, and the only goal in a 1-0 win against Oakland on Sept. 18, 2010.

In 2009, his rookie season, he was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year. He was the first to do so for Butler men’s soccer.

“I will miss the fantastic relationships that I have created here,” Cardona said. “But I’m looking forward to the future possibilities.”

The Penn State men’s soccer team was 14-8-1 last season. They finished tied for fourth in the Big Ten at 2-3-1.

The Nittany Lions, after receiving a first-round bye in the NCAA tournament, defeated Old Dominion, 4-1, in the second round and lost at Maryland, 1-0, in the third round.