TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week
PHILADELPHIA - After another 2-0 week, Penn had two more men's soccer players earn weekly honors at the city and national level.
Junior defender Thomas Brandt was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's Team of the Week after a two-goal weekend. TDS selects 11 players from across the nation who had outstanding performances over the recent week, and without question Brandt deserved a spot on that team. On Friday night, Brandt scored the game-winner in the 97th minute as Penn defeated George Mason, 2-1, in overtime. Next time out, Brandt scored in the 51st minute to square Penn's match with Lafayette at 1-1. The Red and Blue would go on to win that contest in extra time as well, 2-1. The two goals are a new career high for Brandt, who had one previous goal in 2009.
Goalkeeper Ben Berg has played every minute for the Quakers, recording four victories already in 2010 - matching his career total entering the season. For his efforts in the Penn Soccer Classic, he was named Philadelphia Soccer Six Co-Player of the Week. This past weekend, Berg was ready when it mattered most in both of Penn's wins. Against George Mason, he made all six of his saves in the second half as GMU mounted a charge. In Sunday's match with Lafayette, Berg staved off the Leopards' attack in the first half, allowing one goal on seven shots to give Penn a chance for the eventual second-half rally. His goals-against average stands at 0.49 through four matches and he has a save% of .905.
The Quakers are back on the field this Friday against Philly rival Villanova at 5 p.m. as part of the Ivy League/Big East Challenge. The Quakers finish the weekend in D.C. at Georgetown on Sunday at 1 p.m.