PHILADELPHIA - Looking to continue a run of strong play and vault up the Ivy League standings, the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team is set to battle Brown Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Rhodes Field.
Penn (4-5-5, 2-2 Ivy League) is coming off of a dominant performance against West Virginia on Tuesday that saw the Red and Blue total 10 shots to the Mountaineers while only allowing four, before ultimately falling 1-0.
Inside the Numbers
Senior captain Alec Neumann continues to lead the Quaker offense, currently leading the team in points (16), goals (8) and shots (34). His eight goals rank second in the Ivy League and 40th nationally, while his mark of 0.62 goals per game is also second in the league and 27th in the NCAA.
As an offensive unit, Penn ranks atop the Ivy League in both shots (12.64) and shots on goal (5.57) per game. The Quakers have notched 21 goals this fall, which is the third most in the conference.
Penn currently sits fifth in the Ivy League standings with six points, just a point behind Columbia and Brown in third place and four points from Harvard and Dartmouth in first.
Despite being saddled with an injury of late, junior captain Sam Wancowicz sits second on the squad with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Matt Poplawski ranks third with seven points this season, notching three goals and an assist. Poplawski is the only Quaker to start and play in all 14 games this year.
Penn's offensive aggression is perhaps best displayed in its number of corner kicks this year, owning 83, most in the Ivy League. Brown ranks second with 78.
The Quaker backline of Nigel Blackwood, Casey Barone and Gavin Barger has stiffened up of late, allowing just one goal in its last two contests.
In between the pipes, Etan Mabourakh has started and played in 12 of 14 matches for Penn this season, collecting 51 saves which is second-most in the Ivy League. The sophomore owns a GAA of 1.39.
Penn's five draws this season rank in a tie for second in the NCAA.
The Series with Brown
The Quakers trail the all-time series with the Bears 23-32-8 and are seeking their first win over Brown since 2010. James C. Gentle Head Coach Rudy Fuller owns a 5-11-2 mark against Brown. The last time the squads squared off at Rhodes Field, time ended with the scoreboard locked at 1-1, ending in a draw.
Scouting the Bears
Brown enters Saturday night's contest with a record of 7-6-1 including a 2-1-1 mark among Ancient Eight competition. Most recently, the Bears picked up three points over Cornell last Sunday, snapping a two-game losing streak. Both Penn and Brown have defeated the Big Red this fall, while Columbia is the only other common opponent for both squads. The Quakers fell to the Lions in a heartbreaking double overtime game while the Bears and Columbia fought to a 1-1 draw. Sophomore Matthew Chow leads the squad in points with 11, on five goals and one assist. Junior Nico Lozada follows behind with 10 points, the bulk of which have come from his six assists this year. In goal, Erik Hanson has started 12 of 14 games for the Bears, collecting 40 saves and allowing 11 goals for a GAA of 0.87.