PHILADELPHIA - It has been four years since Penn men’s soccer was last in Wisconsin. Since then, however, Head Coach Rudy Fuller brought aboard four Wisconsinites in Mike Klein, Ben Berg and brothers Kevin and Nick Unger. For all of them, this weekend’s season opener against Marquette will be their first chance to don the Red and Blue in the Badger State.
“Any time we can take our team to a different region and play against quality teams that we don’t normally face is a good experience,” said Fuller. “In addition, giving guys an opportunity to play in front of their friends and family is always special to those players. This weekend we’re lucky enough to do both.”
The Quakers will face quality opponents in Marquette and DePaul. The Golden Eagles are playing host in an unofficial BIG EAST-Ivy League challenge with Ivy for Columbia as the fourth team in the tournament.
Friday will mark Penn’s first meeting with Marquette, however, Fuller’s crew battled with Wisconsin and UW-Milwaukee four years ago. Incidentally, Marquette’s current head coach, Louis Bennett, was at the helm of UW-M at that time. Marquette opened the season on Labor Day with a commanding 4-1 win over Bryant.
DePaul is also a new contender on Penn’s slate. The Blue Demons earned a NCAA postseason berth in 2007 but started the 2008 season with a 1-0 loss to Valparaiso over the weekend.
Penn will kick off the 2008 season against Marquette at 8 p.m. ET and follow that up with DePaul at noon ET on Sunday. Penn Athletic Communications Associate Director Jen Werner will continue with her live in-game blogs for both games this weekend and select games throughout the season.