Men's Soccer Continues Road Swing, Faces Rival Villanova Wednesday

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PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team continues its stretch of three-straight road games on Wednesday, squaring off against Villanova at 4 p.m. The contest will be the final Philadelphia Soccer Six match of the year for the Quakers. 

Penn (3-3-5, 1-2 Ivy) is coming off a tough road trip to Dartmouth on Saturday that saw the Red and Blue fall by a score of 4-1. With a win or draw against the Wildcats, Penn would be named 2016 Soccer Six champions.

Inside the Numbers
Senior captain Alec Neumann continues to not only pace just the Quakers on offense, but the entire Ivy League. The New Hope, Pa. native's seven goals are tied for the most in the Ancient Eight with Princeton's Greg Seifert. Neumann's average of .70 goals per game ranks 16th in the NCAA. 

As a unit, Penn's 13.18 shots per game and 5.82 shots on goal per game are tops in the conference and both rank inside the top-70 nationally as well. 

Junior Sam Wancowicz sits second on the team in points with 10 on four goals and two assists this fall. His 22 shots are also second on the squad to Neumann's 26. 

The Quakers have displayed strong depth this fall, as 14 players have played in at least 10 of 11 games, including seven playing in every contest. In his ninth game this season, Erumuse Momoh tallied his first point on Saturday with an assist to Matt Poplawski. Three freshman (Sam HefterBrandon Bartel and Aramis Kouzine) have played in at least 10 of Penn's matches this year. 

Penn's aggression on the offensive end is most obviously displayed in the corner kick category, as the Red and Blue boast 67 corners this season, allowing 52 from their opponents. Even in Saturday's 4-1 loss, the Quakers doubled up the Big Green in corner kicks 8-4. 

In goal, Etan Mabourakh has started 10 of 11 games, amassing 1050:29 minutes on the season. His 45 saves collected are the second-most in the Ivy League and the sophomore owns a GAA of 1.54. 

The Series with Villanova
The Quakers own an all-time record of 16-7-5 against the Wildcats. Wednesday's match-up will be the first in the series since 2013, and the Quakers are seeking their first win over their rivals since 2011, a 2-1 victory on the road. James C. Gentle Head Coach Rudy Fuller is 3-5-1 against Villanova in his 19th season at Penn. 

Scouting the Wildcats
Villanova enters Wednesday's bout with Penn sporting a record of 6-5-2 (2-2-1 Big East). The Wildcats are winless in their last three contests and are set to play their first home game since the first day of October. To date, the Quakers and Wildcats share one common opponent this season in Delaware. Villanova defeated the Blue Hens 2-1 on Nov. 11, while Penn battled UD to a 2-2 draw on Oct. 5. Lucas Hodges and Padraic McCullaugh lead the way on offense for the Cats with 10 points each. Hodges owns four goals with two assists, while McCullaugh boasts three goals and four assists. Junior Will Steiner has played and started in all 13 games for Villanova between the pipes, allowing 19 goals for a GAA of 1.39 and collecting 59 saves. 

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