PHILADELPHIA - After notching the lone win among Ivy League squads during the opening weekend of play, the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team continues its conference quest Saturday, hosting Columbia at 7:30 p.m.
Penn (3-1-5) is undefeated in its last six matches dating back to Sept. 11, totaling three wins and three draws during that span. The Quakers boast a record of 2-0-2 at Rhodes Field this fall. Penn's five draws are tied with Dartmouth and George Washington for the most in the NCAA and equal a school record set in 1985.
Inside the Numbers
The Red and Blue sit atop the Ivy League in multiple statistical categories, including scoring offense (1.78), shots per game (14.67), shots on goal per game (6.56) and total goals (16). Senior captain Alec Neumann's six goals rank first in the Ancient Eight and 34th nationally, while the New Hope, Pa. native also leads the conference in points (12) and game-winning goals (2).
Neumann has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week for two-straight weeks, most recently for his two-goal performance at Cornell to open conference play. After giving Penn the lead in the 47th minute, Neumann struck again in double overtime to seal the Quakers' first three points of the Ivy League season.
Captains led the charge for Penn Wednesday against Delaware, as junior Sam Wancowicz struck first to put the Quakers in front for his fourth goal of the year, before senior Matt Poplawski equalized the game in the second half on his second goal this season. Wancowicz and Poplawski each own one assist on the year as well.
Sophomore Etan Mabourakh has played 850:29 minutes in goal this fall, starting all but one game for the Quakers. The Floridian owns 37 saves on the season with a GAA of 1.27.
Brandon Bartel, Joe Swenson and Sam Hefter each boast two assists on the year, while sophomore Gavin Barger notched his first point this fall on an assist to Poplawski against Delaware.
Penn has proven to be the aggressor throughout its matches this season, owning a 56-36 advantage on corners for the year, in addition to a 132-114 lead in shots.
The Series with Columbia
The Quakers lead the all-time series with the Lions 33-30-6 but Columbia has had the advantage of late, winning three of the past four matches against Penn. James C. Gentle Head Coach Rudy Fuller holds a record of 7-8-3 against the Lions in 18 games played.
Scouting the Lions
Columbia enters Saturday's match against Penn with a record of 5-2-1 (0-0-1 Ivy). The Quakers and Lions share one common opponent in Drexel, as the Red and Blue took down the Dragons 5-0 on Sept. 24 while Columbia won 2-0 in its last game, on Tuesday. The Lions traveled to Brown for their first action of league play and answered an early goal from the Bears to battle to a 1-1 draw after 110 minutes. Arthur Bosua leads the Lions with three goals and two assists, totaling eight points, followed by Rhys Williams, Alex Bangerl, and Francisco Agrest who all own two goals each. Zach Adler has started all but one game in goal for Columbia and has collected 34 saves with a GAA of 1.21.