Men's Soccer Cleans Up In Ivy Honors

PHILADELPHIA—The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team placed six players on the 2006 All-Ivy teams. The League announced its selections Wednesday.

Senior goalkeeper and captain Daniel Cepero earned a unanimous first-team selection for his outstanding season in net. He led the Ivies with a 0.76 overall goals-against average and an impressive .903 save percentage in league play, allowing just three goals in seven games. Cepero registered eight shutouts this season, tying his single-season high (Penn’s third best all-time) and marked 23 clean sheets in his career, far and away the best in Penn’s history.

Also gaining first-team status was junior Keith Vereb. The defender scored two crucial goals for Penn this season, including the game-winning goal against Yale. Vereb made a jump from last season when he was an honorable mention selection.

Junior Derek Hobson and sophomores Mike Klein and Alex Grendi were all second-team All-Ivy picks. All three started every game on the slate, and represented 42 percent of the team’s points. Klein led the team with 14 points from three goals and eight assists. Hobson was tied for third on the team with eight points, while Grendi registered seven.

This is the second career All-Ivy mention for both Hobson and Klein. Last season Klein was listed as an honorable mention, while Hobson made a repeat appearance on the second team.

Rounding out Penn’s All-Ivy selections was senior Ryan Tracy, with an honorable mention selection. Tracy co-led the team in goals with four and added two assists for 10 points (second on the team).

The Player and Rookie of the Year awards went to Harvard’s Charles Altcheck and Andre Akpan, respectively.

The Quakers finished second in the Ivy League standings with a 5-1-1 record. It was the best Ivy finish for the Quakers since 2002 when the same record won the Red and Blue a share of the title and an NCAA berth. Penn was 9-4-2 overall this season.

Complete List of Awards