PHILADELPHIAJunior Mike Klein was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, Monday. It was the junior's first weekly honor of the season, and the second of his career. Klein was also named the Philadelphia Soccer Seven's Co-Player of the Week.
The forward scored two goals in a span of five minutes to lift the Quakers over Columbia in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Klein’s alert play put the first one away after a scramble at the goalmouth and gave Penn the lead. His second, an insurance goal, gave the Quakers the all-important and often elusive third goal that proved to be the match-winner.
Klein’s goals were his first of the season, though it was the second two-goal match of his career. It was also the second time in his three-year career that he scored the match-winner vs. the Lionsin his freshman campaign, Klein scored the overtime-winner at Columbia.
Rookie Loukas Tasigianis, who assisted on Klein’s first goal, was named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll. He continues to be an offensive threat for the Quakersin the last two matches, Tasigianis has registered four points and provided a spark for the Red and Blue, creating havoc for the opponents’ defenders.
Klein, Tasigianis and the Quakers (3-4-2, 1-0-0 Ivy) dip back into non-conference action with a midweek match at home vs. American (4-5-2) Tuesday. The match is set for 7 p.m.
Penn will look to avenge last season’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Eagles. Most recently, American played to a scoreless tie with Lafayette. The team has struggled offensively, being shut out in five of the last six matches and producing just eight goals this season.