Men's Soccer Gears Up For Brown

PHILADELPHIA -Coming off its first Ivy League win of the season, the Penn men's soccer team hits the road for one of its toughest tests this season. The Quakers will be at Stevenson Field Sunday afternoon for a meeting with No. 20 Brown, a team that sits at the top of the Ivy League standings with three full weekends left.

The Quakers (5-6-3, 1-2-1) defeated Yale last weekend thanks to a goal from freshman Travis Cantrell, who was named the Ivy League's Co-Rookie of the Week.

Also in the Ivy League: Several teams are still in the mix as the Ivy schedule hits its second half this weekend. The big matchup comes in Cambridge, where a pair of nationally ranked teams -- No. 24 Dartmouth (3-1-0) and No. 15 Harvard (2-1-1) -- look to stay in the race. Princeton (2-2-0) and Columbia (2-2-0) also still have aspirations for the title; they will play at the same time Saturday night, the Tigers hosting Cornell (0-2-2) and the Lions hosting Yale (1-3-0).

The Series With Brown: The Bears lead the Quakers, 28-21-7, with the teams going 1-1-1 over the last three years. Last year, of course, Penn rolled to a 4-0 victory at Rhodes Field en route to the Ivy title. Two years -- the last time Penn was at Providence -- Brown easily won, 3-0. The two teams played a scoreless draw in 2006.

About Brown: Brown (8-1-5, 3-1-0) got a huge boost last weekend, defeating Cornell 1-0 and then having Harvard and Dartmouth lose in League play. That pushed the Bears atop the standings with the Big Green. Brown's only loss this season came against Harvard. Nick Elenz-Martin is Brown's top goalscorer, with five tallies, while Sean Rosa and Austin Mandel have four apiece. Rosa also has a team-leading six assists. In goal, Paul Grandstrand has started 13 of the 14 matches and boasts a 0.79 goals-against average.

About Penn...

*Freshman Travis Cantrell scored Penn's only goal in the 1-0 win over Yale last weekend; it was his first collegiate goal, and earned him co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors.

*Senior Alex Takakuwa scored Penn's lone goal in its 3-1 loss to Dartmouth on October 18. That gives him six tallies this season which ties him for the team lead (and fifth among Ivy League players) with sophomore Christian Barreiro.

*Barreiro is also tied for the Ivy League lead with three game-winning goals this season, and is fifth among Ivy League players with 1.00 points per contest.

*Junior Loukas Tasigianis had Penn's goal in the Quakers' heartbreaking, 2-1 overtime loss at American; it was his second goal this season. Michael Kozak and Cantrell were credited with assists on Tasigianis' goal, the second assist for both this season.

*In goal, freshman Garon Smith has gotten the start for Ivy matches against Columbia, Dartmouth and Yale. After his shutout against the Bulldogs -- in which he made four saves for his first collegiate clean sheet -- Smith now has a 1.33 goals-against average.

*Junior Ben Berg entered the week second in the Ivy League with four shutouts and fourth with an average of 3.27 saves per match.