PHILADELPHIA – The national polls continue to show respect to the Penn men’s soccer team, as the Quakers remained in the NSCAA/HendrickCars.com Division I poll despite a 1-1 weekend.
The Quakers did drop three spots to No. 25, receiving 46 votes from the pollsters. The Red and Blue are one of three Ivy clubs in the Top 25, joining No. 21 Harvard and No. 22 Brown. The Crimson fell down from a previous ranking of No. 6 while the Bears are making their first appearance of 2010 on the strength of a 4-0-2 start.
College Soccer News also has Penn in its weekly rankings, sliding the Quakers in at No. 30 in the CSN Top-30. Over at TopDrawerSoccer.com, the Red and Blue find themselves in the No. 32 spot in TDS’ Tournament 48 ranking.
Individually, Stephen Baker as an overwhelming lead in the Ivy League point race through the early stages of 2010. He has 14 points, eight more than the second-place scorers. In the NCAA, Baker is tied for third in goals with six – just one off the two players tied with seven. His 14 points is also tied for third in the country – and is the most by a freshman. Senior goalkeeper Ben Berg is 22nd among goalies in save%, coming in at .871. Only seven of the keepers ahead of him have seen more minutes than Berg’s 548 over six matches. Berg is also 32nd in the nation in goals-against average with a GAA of .657. Only 17 of the keepers with better GAAs have seen more action than him.
As a team, the Quakers rank18th in the nation in scoring offense, averaging 2.33 goals-per-game. On defense, the Red and Blue are 28th in scoring defense, allowing just 0.66 gpg. Penn is one of only 12 teams to rank in the top-30 in both categories.
The Quakers will take their 5-1-0 record to Princeton this weekend for a pair of matches at the Princeton Tournament. On Friday, Penn takes on Adelphi at 5 p.m. Sunday sees the Quakers line up opposite Richmond at noon.