PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team graces Rhodes Field one more time for 2015, hosting Princeton for Senior Night on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Before Saturday’s match, the six members of the Class of 2016 – Aaron Chen, Forrest Clancy, Griffin Heffner, Max Polkinhorne, James Rushton, and Nick Savino – will be honored. This group was part of the 2013 squad which won an outright Ivy League championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Five Things You Need to Know…Penn is 50-44-9 all-time against Princeton. The Quakers are 2-3-0 in their last five meetings against the Tigers, but both wins have come at home.
The first half of last year’s game was an entertaining one. The two teams combined for five goals in the opening period, however three went Princeton’s way in an eventual 3-2 win for the Tigers. Alec Neumann scored twice for Penn.
Neumann has found his form over the past two matches, scoring twice after going without a goal for the first 12 games of 2015. He now has 15 goals in his three seasons as a Quaker.
On Tuesday, Penn rallied from 2-0 down in the first half to defeat West Virginia in double overtime, 3-2. Neumann’s goal in the 38th minute got Penn within one before halftime, and Sam Wancowicz tied the game with a goal in the 60th minute. In overtime, Wancowicz headed in the winner, finishing a free kick from Joe Swenson for Penn’s first two-goal rally in a win since 2011.
Max Polkinhorne made six saves in the win on Tuesday – including five in the second half and overtimes. The six-save performance was the 11th of his career.
Princeton enters the match with an overall record of 8-5-2, but a 1-3-1 record in Ivy League play. The Tigers have won three out of their last four, though, including a 3-2 double overtime win over West Virginia and a 4-0 blanking of Drexel on Tuesday.
Thomas Sanner – 2013 Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a two-time All-Ivy selection – leads Princeton and the Ivy League with 11 goals and 26 points. His 11 goals are ninth overall in the country and his 26 points are 11th. Brendan McSherry is another dangerous Princeton player on offense, entering the game with five goals and five assists this season.
Ben Hummel has played in 14 games in goal this season, and owns a 7-5-2 record with a 1.63 GAA and a .681 save percentage. Josh Haberman had the shutout on Tuesday night, making three saves.