PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men’s soccer team travels to Dartmouth Saturday looking to improve on its 1-1 Ivy League record (7-2-3 overall). The Quakers are also hoping to snap a two-game losing streak while in Hanover. The Big Green hold a 6-4-1 record and are 1-0-1 in the Ancient Eight.
The Red and Blue will have to contend with a Dartmouth team that lost one-goal games to #8 Notre Dame and #20 UConn while blowing out #6/3 Indiana already this season.
The Dartmouth defense has always been an obstacle for teams, including Penn. Under Head Coach Rudy Fuller, the Quakers have scored seven goals in 10 meetings and have never scored more than one goal in a game. Last season, they were kept off the board entirely in a 2-0 defeat.
In addition to the perennially stingy defense, the Quakers will also have to handle forwards Lucky Mkosana and Craig Henderson who have scored five and four goals, respectively.
Mkosana is a freshman hailing from Zimbabwe while Henderson represented his native New Zealand in the 2008 Olympics. Dartmouth teammate and fellow countryman Daniel Keat was also on the Olympic roster.
Despite losing the last two games and scoring just once in each, Penn has produced numerous scoring chances. Senior Omid Shokoufandeh has capitalized on those chances most often, leading the team and Ivy League in both goals and points.
On the other side of the ball, the Quaker defense has faced tough attackers and found success shutting down the majority of opportunities. Senior goalkeeper Drew Healy has the league’s second lowest goals-against average at 0.78.