Barnett, Brandt and Olopade Chosen Men's Soccer Captains

PHILADELPHIA - With a few weeks remaining in the summer before attention turns toward the 2010 men's soccer season, the three men chosen to lead the club as captains have been selected.

Seniors Zach Barnett and Tobi Olopade along with juniorThomas Brandt were chosen by their teammates to serve as tri-captains of the Quakers for the 2010 campaign, as three student-athletes who have championship experience with the Red and Blue will lead the team in its pursuit of a second Ivy crown in three seasons.

"Zach, Tobi, and Tom have represented our team well on and off the field during these past few years," James C. Gentle Head Coach of Soccer Rudy Fuller said. "All three are fantastic representatives for Penn Soccer and the University as a whole. Our players were unified in their selections and the coaching staff couldn't agree more. These three young men have garnered the respect of their teammates by virtue of their consistent work ethic, commitment, and playing ability. They deserve the honor and will serve the program well in the year ahead."

Barnett, a defender, appeared in all 17 matches in 2009 for the Quakers while making 15 starts. He has eight career assists in 36 career matches, many coming off throw-in situations where he handles the entry.

Brandt also patrols the back line for head coach Rudy Fuller, where he made starts in 16 of 17 games played last season. Brandt played a big part in Penn holding opponents to 1.44 goals-per-game and posting six clean sheets. In the '08 season, Brandt picked up his first collegiate point with an assist on the game - and Ivy title - winning goal against Harvard.

Olopade has seen action in 35 matches for the Quakers over the course of his career, earning a starting nod 15 times. The 2009 campaign was a breakout one for forward. Olopade led the team with four assists and his 10 points ranked third. He registered a point in his first five appearances of the '09 season, including goals in three straight games.

The Quakers take the field for the first time in 2010 Sept. 3 at Saint Joseph's at 7:30 p.m.