TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week
PHILADELPHIA – On Saturday, Penn took down Harvard, 2-0, in Cambridge to win the program’s eighth Ivy League championship. Fittingly, standout performers from the team were honored on Monday with weekly honors. Goalkeeper Max Polkinhorne was named Ivy League Player of the Week and Philadelphia Soccer Six Co-Defensive Player of the Week, while Nicky Yin was named Soccer Six Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Max Polkinhorne kept his unblemished record intact, making four saves to keep the Crimson off the scoreboard in a game Penn needed to win in order to stand atop the Ivy table and earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Polkinhorne improved his record to 4-0-0 this season, including a 3-0-0 mark in Ivy matches. He came up with two saves in each half, including a diving stop at the start of the second half which preserved Penn’s two goal lead. In addition to his work on shots toward his net, Polkinhorne was instrumental in negating Harvard’s set piece game. Harvard had 11 corners in the match, including eight in the second half, and weren’t able to generate and goals off the set plays.
Polkinhorne’s work in goal made Nicky Yin’s first career goal stand up as the game-winning goal. Yin picked an opportune time to notch his first career goal, booming in an upper-90 shot in the 5’ of what could have been the final match of his career. Instead, Yin’s blast went a long way towards sending the Quakers to their first NCAA Tournament since 2010 and 10th overall in program history.
On Tuesday, Yin was one of 11 players arund the country named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week. This marked his first career selection to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Week and he joins Stephen Baker (Oct. 28) as Penn nominees to the Team of the Week.
The Quakers will host Providence on Nov. 21 at Rhodes Field in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.