Barreiro, Brandt and Gorskie Named Men's Soccer First-Team All-Ivy

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PHILADLEPHIA - For the first time since 2002, the Penn men's soccer team had three players named first-team All-Ivy in a vote by the league's head coaches.

Junior defender Thomas Brandt, junior midfielder Christian Barreiro and senior midfielder Jason Gorskie were all named first-team All-Ivy as Penn had seven players overall honored by the Ancient Eight.

In addition to the trio of first-team selections, Penn had goalkeeper Ben Berg, defender Jake Levin and forward Stephen Baker named second-team All-Ivy and senior Loukas Tasigianis received honorable mention distinction.

"I am really happy for these seven players," head coach Rudy Fuller said. "These honors are well-deserved and having seven players selected says a lot about the depth and quality of our program.

For the Quakers, the selection of Brandt, Barreiro and Gorskie is the first triumvirate named first-team since Matthew Haeffner, Nathan Kennedy and Erik Hallenbeck were honored in 2002.

"The honors for Thomas, Christian and Jason truly reflect their importance to our team," Fuller said. "I am very happy that the coaches in the league recognized that and honored those guys."

Brandt played center back on a defense that allowed just 12 goals all season while also contributing key goals to Penn's attack. He finished the regular season with five goals - tied for fifth in the Ivy League. Two of his scores were game-winners. He is making his first appearance on the All-Ivy team.

Barreiro had a career-high seven assists in 2010, tied for tops in the Ancient Eight. His point total of 15 ties his career high and ranks fifth in the Ivy League. This is his first All-Ivy selection.

Gorskie, a veteran in the central midfield for the Quakers, had one goal this season and was critical for the Quakers when it came to defending restarts in the goal area. He is making his second appearance on the All-Ivy team, adding to his honorable mention recognition in 2009.

Berg finished second in the Ivy League in goals-against average (0.69) and save percentage (.844) while recording eight shutouts and 12 wins in his senior season. This is his first selection as an All-Ivy performer.

Jake Levin is now a three-time All-Ivy selection, adding his 2010 nod to a second-team bid in 2009 and honorable mention distinction in 2008. Despite a shoulder injury in the season-opener, Levin started 13 matches for the Quakers and with Brandt gave head coach Rudy Fuller a formidable duo in the central backfield for the Quakers.

All Stephen Baker did in his rookie season is tie for the Ivy League lead in goals with eight while leading the Quakers in game-winning goals with four. He scored the most points (18) by a Penn freshman in the 2000s and was among the national leaders most of the season.

Loukas Tasigianis earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition for the third time in his career (2007, 2009) with three goals and three assists in his senior campaign. He had one game-winning goal - a penalty kick against Lafayette.

The seven All-Ivy selections are tied with Princeton and Brown for the most by any team and the three-first team selections also tie with those schools for tops in the Ancient Eight.

Princeton's Antoine Hoppenot was named Player of the Year while Columbia's Henning Sauerbier was named Rookie of the Year.

"Congratulations to Antoine," Fuller said. "He was arguably the best player we faced all year and deserves the honor."

Penn is set to host Bucknell in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Men's Soccer Championships Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. on Rhodes Field.