PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team begins its quest for a ninth Ivy League title this weekend, set to face the Cornell Big Red on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 4:00 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y.
Penn (2-1-4) has won its past three Ivy League openers dating back to 2013, all against Cornell. The Quakers are in the midst of a four-game unbeaten streak, amassing two wins and two draws during that stretch.
Inside the Numbers
The Quakers sit atop the Ivy League rankings in various statistical categories, including scoring offense (1.71 goals per game), shots per game (13.71), total goals (12), while ranking second in points per game (4.57) and goals-against average (1.11).
After a breakout performance against Drexel, senior captain Alec Neumann was named Ivy League Player of the Week and now leads the Ancient Eight in goals with four and is second in points with eight.
Sam Wancowicz joined Neumann in the Quaker scoring party on Saturday, adding his third goal of the year on a tally from Brandon Bartel. Wancowicz leads the team with 16 shots on the season.
Freshman Sam Hefter owns the third-most goals of any freshman in the league with two. The rookie has also recorded two assists on the year to sit with a total of six points.
Etan Mabourakh has started six of the seven games in goal for the Red and Blue, and has grabbed 27 saves on the year. Sophomore Scott Forbes played his first collegiate minutes against Drexel and pitched the shutout against the Dragons, notching three saves in 90 minutes.
The Series with Cornell
The Quakers own a 62-30-13 record all-time against the Big Red. In his 19th season on the sideline, the James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men's Soccer Rudy Fuller is 10-7-1 against Cornell, but the Red and Blue have held the distinct advantage of late, with a record of 7-2-1 in the past 10 contests.
Scouting the Big Red
Cornell enters Sunday's contest winless on the season, sitting with a mark of 0-7-2. The Big Red have faced a daunting schedule of late, falling to both Syracuse and Virginia of late. Cornell's two draws came against Binghamton and Central Connecticut State. Brady Dickens and George Pedlow are tied for the team lead with two goals apiece while Dickens also owns one assist on the year. In the goal, Cornell has started two different keepers on the year, with Ryan Shellow leading the way with five starts, while Mitchell Meyer owns four. Shellow has collected 37 saves this fall.