Men's Soccer Readies for Final Non-Conference Tilt, Hosts West Virginia

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PHILADELPHIA - It's been over two weeks since the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team has competed within the friendly confines of Rhodes Field, but that is set to change Tuesday as the Quakers play host to West Virginia in their final non-conference match of the year at 7 p.m. 

Penn (4-4-5, 2-2 Ivy) is looking to build off a dominant 3-0 road victory against Yale on Saturday which saw two players (Dami Omitaomu and Gideon Metrikin) net their first career goals in addition to Alec Neumann recording his eighth of the season. 

Inside the Numbers
Penn's offensive numbers continue to rank at the top of the Ivy League, as the Quakers lead the Ancient Eight in both shots (12.85) and shots on goal (5.77) per game. Neumann's eight goals are second-most in the league and his average of 0.67 goals per game is tops in the conference while ranking 19th nationally. 

Sam Wancowicz joins Neumann in double-digit point totals, as the junior captain boasts four goals and two assists this year for 10 points. Senior captain Matt Poplawski ranks third on the squad with seven points on three goals and two assists. 

In net, sophomore Etan Mabourakh has started 11 of 13 games, owning a GAA of 1.42 with 49 saves, which ranks second in the Ivy League. Mabourakh corrected his second shutout of both his career and the season in the 3-0 victory over the Bulldogs.

In addition to Omitaomu and Metrikin's first career goals against Yale, Marc Kaizi-Lutu also recorded his first assist of the season as well. 

The Quakers own a 77-62 advantage in corner kicks this year. 

Penn's five draws on the year rank second-most in the NCAA this year. 

The Series with West Virginia
Against the Mountaineers, Penn is squared evenly with a 1-1 record, with both games having taken place the past two seasons. In 2014, WVU came to Rhodes Field and escaped with a 1-0 victory, while the Quakers returned the favor a year ago, earning a dramatic 3-2 win in Morgantown on a golden goal from Wancowicz in double overtime. 

Scouting the Mountaineers
West Virginia enters Tuesday's contest sporting a record of 7-5-1 on the year, including a 1-2 mark in the Mid-American Conference. WVU broke a four-game losing streak on Saturday, earning an upset win over then No. 22 Akron on the road by a score of 3-1. Penn and West Virginia own one common opponent to date this fall in American, who the Mountaineers defeated 3-0 while Penn drew with the Eagles 2-2 to open the year. WVU also boasts a win over a top-10 opponent, having bested then No. 7 Georgetown on Aug. 28 1-0. Jad Arslan leads the Mountaineers on offense with nine points on four goals one assist this season. Jose Santos has started and played every game for West Virginia in goal with a GAA of 0.67 and 40 saves. 

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