PHILADELPHIA – Fresh off its first win of the season in thrilling double overtime fashion, the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team travels north for a match against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Tuesday evening. Game time is set for 8 p.m. at the Ulrich Sports Complex and will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.
After heading into their fourth double overtime bout in five matches on the year, the Quakers (1-1-3) found a late goal from Sam Hefter in the 108th minute, the first of his career, to knock off Big 5 rival La Salle on Saturday night.
Hefter became the fifth Quaker to score for Penn on the season joining Matt Poplawski, Alec Neumann and Aramis Kouzine with one tally, while junior Sam Wancowicz leads the way with two goals on 11 shots. Wancowicz also sent in the winning assist against the Explorers over the weekend.
In the goal, Etan Mabourakh has played all 527:59 minutes for the Red and Blue, tallying 23 saves with a save percentage of .742.
The Quakers have shown off their depth so far this season, with 19 players having seen time on the field while Wancowicz, Mabourakh and defenseman Nigel Blackwood have yet to miss a minute on the pitch.
The Series with Lehigh
Tuesday marks the 58th meeting between the two schools with Penn holding the advantage in the all-time series at 34-18-5. It will mark the first time the sides have met since 2011 when the Quakers and Mountain Hawks battled to a 1-1 draw. Penn’s last win came in 2009 by a score of 2-0.
The Mountain Hawks are 2-4-0 on the season and are coming off of a 2-1 loss at home to Robert Morris on Saturday. Lehigh is one year removed from winning the Patriot League Championship in 2015 and has garnered victories over James Madison (1-0) and Fairleigh Dickinson (1-0), both on the road, to start the year. Lehigh and Penn share one common opponent on the 2016 season in Seton Hall, as the Red and Blue battled the Pirates to a 1-1 draw on Sept. 5, while the Mountain Hawks fell in a high scoring 4-3 affair on Sept. 10. Mark Forrest leads the offense with four goals and two assists on the season, while Jacob Gottwald has played every minute in the goal for Lehigh, owning 25 saves with two shutouts.