PHILADELPHIA - Hoping to rebound after its first loss of Ivy League play, the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team is set to travel north to face the Dartmouth Big Green on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Quakers' (3-2-5, 1-1 Ivy) six-match unbeaten streak was broken on Saturday against Columbia in stunning fashion, as the Lions converted a penalty kick with just 14 seconds on the clock to walk away with a win. Penn and Dartmouth (3-2-5, 1-0-1 Ivy) boast identical overall records and are tied for the NCAA lead in draws on the season.
Inside the Numbers
Offensively, the Red and Blue lead the Ivy League in both shots (14.00) and shots on goal (6.10). Senior captain Alec Neumann has tallied a goal in each of his last three games, and continues to sit atop the Ancient Eight in that category with seven on the year (29th nationally).
Junior Sam Wancowicz follows closely behind Neumann in the points category, with 10 total on four goals and two assists. Neumann and Wancowicz lead the Quakers in shots with 25 and 22 respectively, including 12 shots on goal each.
Sam Hefter has had an immediate impact as a freshman for Penn, sitting third on the squad with six points on two goals and two assists. Classmate Dami Omitaomu has proven himself as a consistent threat on the offensive side of the ball with 17 shots this fall.
Senior Matt Poplawski and Wancowicz are the lone Quakers to have started each game this year, while Nigel Blackwood has steadied the defense for Penn, playing and starting in nine games.
Joe Swenson, Brandon Bartel, Hefter and Wancowicz are tied for the team-lead in assists, each owning two on the season.
Penn has already totaled one road win in Ivy League play, defeating Cornell 2-1 in double overtime to open conference play.
In the goal, Etan Mabourakh has started nine of 10 games, amassing 960:29 minutes this season. The sophomore has allowed 14 goals on the year for a 1.31 GAA, notching 41 saves (second-most in the Ivy League) for a save percentage of .745.
The Series with Dartmouth
Penn owns a 31-24-8 all-time record against the Big Green. Of late, there has been little separation between the two squads, as the Quakers have notched wins in two of the last three years, with each team winning three times dating back to 2010. James C. Gentle Head Coach Rudy Fuller is 7-9-2 against Dartmouth.
Scouting the Big Green
A year removed from its second-straight Ivy League title, Dartmouth enters Saturday's contest with an identical 3-2-5 overall record but is undefeated in Ancient Eight action, having drawn with Princeton in the opening weekend 2-2 before defeating Yale 2-0. The Big Green also own non-conference wins over Seattle and New Hampshire. Dartmouth boasts a balanced attack, with four players tied for the team-lead with two goals each. In addition to their goals scored, Noah Paravicini, Justin Donawa and Matt Danilack also own two assists apiece. In goal, James Hickok has started all but one contest between the pipes, leading the league in goals allowed (8), goals allowed average (0.79) and save percentage (.814).