PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team hits the road for the third time in four Ivy League games on Saturday, this time set to battle Yale in Reese Stadium at 7 p.m.
Penn (3-4-5, 1-2 Ivy) is hoping to break a three-game slide and add another game to the win column among Ancient Eight competition. The Quakers currently sit in sixth-place in the league with three points, right behind the Bulldogs' four.
Inside the Numbers
Senior captain Alec Neumann continues to pace the Red and Blue with seven goals on the season, which ranks second in the Ivy League and 43rd nationally. His .64 goals per game average is also tops in the conference.
Despite getting shut-out for just the second time all season last game against Villanova, Penn continues to sit atop the Ancient Eight in shots (13.42) and shots on goal (5.75) per game.
Penn's depth was on full display Wednesday against the Wildcats, as 17 players saw the field for the Red and Blue, including a season-high in minutes for Teddie Levenfiche and Promise Adebayo-Ige.
Freshman Sam Hefter has made an immediate impact for the Quakers, ranking fourth on the squad with six points on two goals and two assists. Dami Omitaomu joins Hefter as the two rookies to play in every game this fall.
In goal, sophomore Etan Mabourakh has started 10 of 12 games for the Quakers, amassing 1050:29 minutes with 45 saves which is second most in the Ivy League.
Penn's five draws on the year continue to lead the nation in a five-way tie.
The Series with Yale
The Quakers on the advantage in the all-time series against the Bulldogs, leading 49-42-10. Of late, the squads have gone the distance, as in both 2014 and 2015 Penn and Yale have battled to double-overtime draws. The last win for the Red and Blue over the Bulldogs came in 2013 by a score of 3-2. James C. Gentle Head Coach Rudy Fuller is 8-7-3 in 18 games against the Elis.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale enters Saturday's contest sporting a record of 2-6-2 overall while owning a win, a loss and a draw each in Ivy League action. The Bulldogs opened the year with a 2-2 draw at Michigan, before taking a 2-0 win over Sacred Heart. The Elis then went on a six-game winless streak with five losses and a draw before most recently grabbing a 3-0 win against Cornell. Both Penn and Yale tallied wins against the Big Red, while both teams also suffered losses at Dartmouth. Offensively, the Bulldogs are led by Nicky Downs who has seven points on the year with just one goal but five assists. Henry Flugstad-Clarke's three goals are the most on the team. Between the pipes, Kees Schipper has played 940 minutes this season, allowing 17 goals in 10 games for a GAA of 1.63 with 27 saves.