PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off a dramatic double overtime victory in the opening game of league action, the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team returns home to Rhodes Field Wednesday at 7 p.m. to battle Delaware. The match will air live on both ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.
Penn (3-1-4) is undefeated in its last five matches, earning three wins and two ties, and the Quakers boast a record of 2-0-1 inside of Rhodes Field this fall.
Inside the Numbers
The Quakers sit atop the Ivy League in multiple statistical categories, including scoring offense (1.75), shots per game (14.50), total goals (14) and save percentage (0.796). Senior captain Alec Neumann's six goals are the most in the Ancient Eight and 28th nationally, while his 12 points on the year also lead the league.
Neumann has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week for two-straight weeks, most recently for his two-goal performance at Cornell to open conference play. After giving Penn the lead in the 47th minute, Neumann struck again in double overtime to seal the Quakers' first three points of the Ivy League season. The New Hope, Pa. will be unavailable for Wednesday's match after accumulating his fifth yellow card of the fall against the Big Red.
Junior Sam Wancowicz ranks second on the squad with three goals, in addition to an assist, owning seven points, while freshman Sam Hefter joins as the final Quaker with multiple goals on the year. Joe Swenson played a vital role in the win against the Big Red, notching both assists to Neumann, his first of the season.
Hefter and freshman Brandon Bartel are both knotted with Swenson for most assists on the year with two each. Neumann, Wancowicz, senior Matt Poplawski and freshman Dami Omitaomu are the lone players for the Red and Blue to start every match this fall.
Sophomore Etan Mabourakh returned to the goal after one game off on Sunday, collecting seven saves, the second-most this season. Mabourakh has recorded 34 saves in 740:29 minutes of action, boasting a save percentage of .773.
The Series with Delaware
Wednesday marks just the third appearance all-time with the Blue Hens, and the first since 1997. Penn holds a 1-0-1 record over UD, as the two teams battled to a 1-1 draw in '96 before the Quakers emerged victorious 1-0 a year later.
Scouting the Blue Hens
Delaware owns an impressive record of 8-3 entering Wednesday's match-up with Penn and garnered five votes in the latest NSCAA Coaches Poll. The Blue Hens shot out to a 4-0 mark to begin the year, holding each of their first four opponents scoreless, a feat not accomplished by a squad at UD since 1974. Delaware and the Quakers share three common opponents in Lehigh, Seton Hall and Drexel. The Blue Hens went 3-0 against the group, outscoring their opposition 6-1, while the Red and Blue defeated Drexel 5-0 and drew both Lehigh and Seton Hall by scores of 1-1. Guillermo Delgado leads the way with six goals and assists each on the year, while Fede Prieto follows with five goals.