PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men's soccer team will host Lehigh for a midweek match-up. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. The Quakers are looking to get back on a winning track after dropping two non-conference games and tying in their Ivy League opener against Cornell.
Penn has looked to senior Alex Takakuwa, junior Tobi Olopade and sophomore Christian Barreiro to generate offense. The trio leads the team with 10 points each. Takakuwa has scored five goals this season,including the late-game equalizer in last Saturday'sdraw with Cornell.
On defense, despite stumbling at Penn State, the back line is still allowing less than two goals a game and has given the opposition fewer than 10 shots in five of the last six games. Junior goalkeeper Ben Berg came away with two major saves in the second overtime period against the Big Red to preserve a tie.
Lehigh (5-3-2) earnedits first shutout of the season a week ago, but the Mountain Hawks saw Lafayette score in overtime to over the weekend. The team is led byfreshman Austin Decker, who currently leads the team in goals (4) and is tied for the lead in points (8). The forward has been honored twice as the Patriot League's Rookie of the Week this season. Senior Adam Welch leads the Mountain Hawks' back line with two goals and he is tied with Decker in points with eight.
An underlying story in Tuesday's contest is the memory of last season's meeting. Traveling to Bethlehem, Pa., the Quakers were unbeaten through the first 10 games of the season. After 108 minutes of play and the score still knotted, it seemed as if Penn may leave with another tie, but with 1:34 remaining, Lehigh's Kyle Evans rocked a shot from 30 yards out, rattling off the left post and in. Penn leads the all-time series with the Mountain Hawks 33-17-4.
Be sure to catch the live in-game blog updates provided by Penn Athletics Communications Associate Director Jen Werner during the game.