To celebrate Penn men’s soccer centennial year, fans, friends and alumni have been voting on those student-athletes that have been the best of the best over the course of 100 years. There was a tremendous response, the top-15 student-athletes have been chosen for the All-Century Team.
The following letterwinners, listed alphabetically, have been selected to the All-Century Team: Stephen H. Baumann (1971-73), Arthur M. Binns (1917-20), David J. Cardie (1981-84), Michael Constantino (1986, 1988-89), Joseph L. Devaney (1950-52), Matthew Haefner (2001-03), Erik Hallenbeck (2002-04), William E. Linglebach (1922-24), John C. Reilly (1931-33), Donald L. Ries (1971-73), Charles R. Scott (1934-35), Gilbert A. Sitler (1945-47), Stanley E. Startzell (1969-71), Johann Stein (1961-62) and William E. Straub (1970-72).
The All-Century Team consists of 11 All-Americans, seven All-Ivy League honorees, and four members of the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame. Combined, this team helped bring Penn four Ivy League Championships, seven Intercollegiate Soccer League Championships and six NCAA Tournament appearances.
Biographies of each member elected to the All-Century Team are listed below. The team was honored at the Penn Soccer Centennial Celebration on May 13.
Stephen H. Baumann (1971-73)
As captain of the 1973 Penn squad, Steve Baumann helped lead the team to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament. That season he named first-team All-America and first-team All-Ivy League. He was also named to the first-team All-Mid Atlantic squad his junior and senior seasons. Baumann was a member of Penn's 1971 and 1972 Ivy League championship soccer teams, the only two outright Ivy championships won in Penn soccer history. He holds three Penn assist records for most in a career (39), in a season (18) and in a game (4). Baumann’s career did not end with his graduation from
Arthur Binns (1917-1920)
During his playing career, Arthur Binns was a four-year letterwinner that was named All-America as a senior. He captained his Penn team to the Intercollegiate Soccer Championships in 1920. After finishing his playing career, he returned to the Red and Blue to serve as Charley Scott’s assistant coach. He served as head coach during the 1943 and 1944 seasons, filling in for Coach Scott who was serving his country in the Navy, and captured the Middle Atlantic States Soccer League Championship in 1944. When Scott returned, Binns continued on as his assistant until 1967 when both men stepped down.
David Cardie (1981-84)
David Cardie made an immediate impact upon his arrival at Penn and was named the Charles R. Scott Freshman of the Year in 1981. During his career in the Red & Blue, he recorded 15 goals and collected 17 assists. Three of his four seasons with the Quakers, he led the team in assists. As a sophomore, he posted five goals and four assists and was named first-team All-Ivy League by league coaches. In his senior season, he dished out seven assists and earned All-America honors for his efforts. He was a two-time member of the Philadelphia Soccer Seven All-Star team and a three-time All-Ivy League honoree. Following his playing days at Penn, Cardie went on to win a National Championship with Vereinigung Erzgeberg FC.
Michael Constantino (1986, 1988-90)
In his four seasons with the Quakers, Michael Constantino tallied 30 goals and collected 25 assists. His 30 career goals place him seventh on the program’s all-time scoring list. As a freshman in 1986, he was named to the Soccer America All-Freshman team as well as First-Team All-Ivy League and a Philadelphia Soccer Seven All-Star. After taking a year off for Youth National Team duty in 1987, he was once again named first-team All-Ivy League and a Philadelphia Soccer Seven All-Star in 1988. As a fitting end to his Penn career, he was awarded the David L. Gould trophy as the team’s most valuable player. Constantino’s career with the United States National Teams was extensive and spanned from 1986-91. He acquired 25 international caps and appeared in more than 75 matches. Constantino led the
Matthew Haefner (2001-03)
Perhaps one of the greatest goalkeepers Penn has seen, Matthew Haefner left an indelible mark in the record books. He holds program records in career shutouts (15), shutouts in a season (10), lowest goals against average in season (0.45) and highest save percentage in a season (.923). In 2002, he was named Penn Men’s Soccer’s first ever Ivy League Player of the Year. That year, he played 1,598 minutes en route to leading the Quakers to its sixth Ivy League Championship and sixth appearance in the NCAA Tournament. In the NCAA tournament, he collected his tenth shutout of the season in the Quakers’ 1-0 victory over
Joseph Devaney (1950-52)
Joseph Devaney was a two-time All-American for the Quakers and led the team in scoring two out of three seasons. The center forward tallied a career-high 12 goals in 1951, including a pair against rival Haverford. He was the recipient of the David L. Gould trophy as the team's most valuable player for the 1952 season. In addition to his achievements for the Quakers, he was chosen as one of 16 players to comprise a pre-Olympic tryout team that would play against the best amateur, non college soccer players in the East. An injury suffered during the game kept him from continuing on and competing in the finals. In 1952 he was chosen to a team consisting of select Ivy League players to compete against the Bermuda Athletic Association at their home field. The American team won the match 3-1. After completing his last varsity term, he went on to coach the freshman soccer team.
Erik Hallenbeck (2002-04)
Erik Hallenbeck did not miss a single start during his three-year career with the Quakers. Anchoring the backline, he was a major role during the Red and Blue’s record breaking defensive effort in the 2002 season. Serving as a captain his junior and senior seasons, he became one of only 15 players in the history of Penn Soccer to be a two-year captain. He was twice named to the All-Mid-Atlantic Region team. He was named the team’s defensive Most Valuable Player in each of his three seasons and was the recipient of the David L. Gould trophy as the team’s Most Valuable Player as a junior and senior. Hallenbeck is Penn’s first ever three-time first-team All-Ivy League performer and one of only 28 players in the history of the Ivy League to be a three-time first-team honoree.
William E. Lingelbach (1922-24)
Bill Lingelbach played for legendary soccer coach Douglas Stewart in the early 1920s, and still is among the all-time leading goal scorers in Penn Soccer history. A member of early All-America teams in 1923 and 1924, Lingelbach is third in school history with 41 goals scored in his varsity career, and tied for first with 20 goals scored during one season (1924), which included a five-goal game Cornell that season. Penn won the 1923 and 1924 Intercollegiate Soccer Championships, and Lingelbach was cited by the University of Pennsylvania Record as a driving force in the Quakers' success, which included an undefeated season in 1924 (10-0-1). The 1925 class valedictorian, Lingelbach also lettered three times in tennis and served as captain. After Penn, he was a Rhodes Scholar at
John Reilly (1931-33)
John Reilly was a member of one of the most successful teams in the early 1930s. He captained the 1932 squad that captured the nation’s first Middle Atlantic League title. He returned in 1933 to lead Penn to an undefeated season and was named an All-American. The 1933 team won the Intercollegiate Soccer Championship for the third consecutive year and successfully defended its Middle Atlantic League championship as well.
Donald Ries (1971-73)
The early 1970s produced Penn’s most successful seasons behind Head Coach Bob Seddon, and Donald Ries was an integral player on three of those teams. From 1971-73, he helped anchor a backline that led Penn to a 40-6-1 record and three straight NCAA Tournament appearances. An All-American in 1973, he captained the Red and Blue to its second-consecutive NCAA Championship Quarterfinal appearance and was named first-team All-Ivy League. He was awarded the David L. Gould Trophy that year for being the team’s Most Valuable Player. Ries was also a member of the Red & Blue teams that captured consecutive Ivy League titles in 1971 and 1972, Penn’s only outright Ivy League Championships in the history of the program. After completing his Penn playing career, Ries was selected in the first round of the North American Soccer League’s draft by the Miami Toros and played alongside his Penn classmate and fellow All-Century selection Steve Baumann for two years.
Charles R. Scott (1933-1935)
Before his retirement in 1981, Charley Scott served Penn Athletics as a player, coach and administrator for nearly 50 years. An All-American soccer player as an undergraduate, he captained the team in 1935 and played a prominent role in leading the Quakers on a 19-game unbeaten streak, to two Middle Atlantic States Soccer League (MASSL) titles and one Intercollegiate Soccer Association championship. After taking over as coach in 1943, he led the Quakers to two more MASSL titles. In 1946, the MASSL disbanded and the Quakers were awarded the Thayer Cup, having captured the most championships (6) during the league’s existence. Scott went on to lead the Quakers to the inaugural Ivy League Championship in 1955 and another in 1962. During his career, he coached 19 All-Americans and 17 first-team All-Ivy League performers in 25 seasons as head soccer coach (141 victories), and was a friend to every Penn athlete and coach during his tenure as coach and assistant director of athletics. He received numerous honors from national soccer organizations, and was enshrined in the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1993 and the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame.
Stan Startzell was a three-time soccer All-America helping the 1969, 1970 and 1971 teams to the NCAA Tournament for three-consecutive years. He was also an All-Ivy placekicker for the 1971 football team. At the time, he was the only athlete to be named All-Ivy in two sports in the same season. He scored 18 goals in his varsity career, and assisted on 16 goals by teammates. Startzell was the recipient of the David L. Gould Trophy as the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior. Following graduation, Startzell played professional soccer with both the New York Cosmos and Philadelphia Atoms. He has since worked with the United States Olympic Committee, the World Cup and the Special Olympics.
William E. Straub (1970-72)
William Straub was member of the 1971 and 1972 back-to-back Ivy League championship teams, the first in program history. The 1972 Quakers were ranked No. 2 in the country and had received their fourth-straight NCAA Tournament berth. The squad also had its first undefeated Ivy League season since 1933, going 6-0-1 to win the Ancient Eight title, and pushed it’s unbeaten streak in the Ivy League to 17. Straub was named team MVP in 1972 and received Honorable Mention for All-America honors by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). The team's captain also received his second-consecutive All-Ivy League nod and finished his career as a two-time All-Pennsylvania/New Jersey/Delaware men's soccer honoree. In 1973, Straub was a first-round draft pick for
Gilbert Sitler (1945-47)
Gibert Sitler served as Penn’s goalkeeper for three seasons. He enjoyed a successful season in 1946, earning All-America honors. He was also elected to the
Johann Stein (1961-62)
Johann Stein played midfielder for Penn in 1961 and 1962 and was an integral member of the 1962 Ivy League Championship team. As a midfielder, he recorded five goals that season, including the game-winner against