PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team returns to the road for the third time in four Ivy League matches on Saturday, heading to New Haven for a 7 p.m. tilt with the Yale Bulldogs live on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The road has been kind to the Quakers so far in Ancient Eight play, with Penn taking the maximum six points from its two road contests at Cornell and Dartmouth. Those wins have the Quakers one point behind Ivy-leading Harvard for the top spot on the Ivy League table as the conference slate reaches the midway point.
Penn (6-6-0, 2-1-0 Ivy) enters the weekend riding the momentum built during a 2-1 win at Dartmouth last weekend – the Red and Blue’s first win this season after conceding the opening goal. A pair of freshmen – Sam Wancowicz and Austin Kuhn – netted the goals for the Quakers, while junior midfielder Forrest Clancy added two assists to take over the Ivy lead in helpers this season with six.
Duke Lacroix and Alec Neumann are tied for second in the Ivy League with 17 points, each entering the weekend with six goals and five assists.
Last year, the Quakers needed overtime to beat the Bulldogs, 3-2, at Rhodes Field. Jonny Dolezal tied the match in the 87th minute, and Alec Neumann blocked a clearance from the Yale keeper which Duke Lacroix and Stephen Baker converged upon at the goal line for an easy tap in provide Penn with three important points in their run to an eventual Ivy championship.
The Bulldogs have struggled in 2014, compiling a 1-9-2 record overall and an 0-3 mark in the Ivy League. However, the last time a Philadelphia-based program ventured to New Haven, the Bulldogs picked up their lone win of the season. On October 14, Yale notched a goal with 1:33 remaining in the second overtime to knock off Temple, 1-0.
Yale has played a multitude of tight matches, with seven of its nine losses coming by one goal. The trouble for the Bulldogs has been finding the back of the net. Through 12 matches, Yale has scored only five goals – from five different goal scorers.