PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team concludes its 2015 campaign on Saturday, traveling north to Cambridge, Mass., to take on Harvard at 4 p.m.
Five things you need to know…The last time the Quakers went up to Harvard, they walked away with some hardware. In 2013, a 2-0 victory over the Crimson clinched the Ivy title for the Red and Blue, their first time atop the Ancient Eight since 2008.
Penn is 39-41-5 all-time against Harvard. The six members of the Class of 2016, who will be playing in their final game for the Red and Blue, hold a 2-1 record against their rivals in Massachusetts.
The Quakers have taken more points on the road this year than at home, bringing six points back to Philadelphia over the course of the season.
Penn is coming off of a 2-0 loss in their home finale to Princeton. The Red and Blue held the Tigers scoreless for the final 63 minutes of play, but two early goals proved too large a deficit for the Quakers to make some magic happen at Rhodes Field.
Although Penn will soon be without their six seniors, their offense will remain largely intact next year. Scoring against Brown and West Virginia, Alec Neumann recorded the only two by a junior this season, while the Quakers have seen four goals from freshmen and six from sophomores.
Harvard comes into the weekend with an overall record of 8-6-2 and a 4-2 performance in the conference. Although Dartmouth has clinched the Ivy title, the Crimson holds a one-point lead over Brown for second place.
In the last four matches, Harvard has split the results, with wins over Boston College and Columbia and falling by a single goal to both Princeton and Dartmouth.
Senior Jake Freeman leads the Crimson on offense with five goals, and his three assists are good to tie for third on the team. On the defensive side, senior goalkeeper Evan Mendez has started all 16 games, allowing 1.15 goals per contest and logging five shutouts on the year.