PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team hosts its second Big Ten opponent of the season on Tuesday as Rutgers visits Rhodes Field for a matchup that will be streamed live on ESPN3 in addition to the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Quakers (2-6-1, 1-1-0 Ivy League) will host the Scarlet Knights (6-4-1, 2-3-0 Big Ten) in the first of two home matches for the Red and Blue this weekend. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. as part of a doubleheader with the women’s program.
Five Things You Need to Know…Penn is 8-6-0 all-time against Rutgers. Last year’s 4-1 loss at Rutgers was the first meeting between the two teams since 2002 – a 1-0 win for Penn in overtime also at Rutgers. The last time the two teams met in Philadelphia was 2001, a 3-1 win for the Scarlet Knights.
After only scoring one goal in its first six games, Penn has scored six times in its past three contests. The Quakers have outscored their opponents, 6-2, in those games and went 2-1 in those matches.
Of Penn’s seven goals this season, five have come from first-year Quakers, and all seven have come from underclassmen.
Baltimore was in the house on Saturday as a pair of Baltimore Celtic alumni connected for Penn’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss at Columbia. Sam Wancowicz set up Gavin Barger for top corner goal in the 20th minute. The marker was the first collegiate goal for Barger.
Penn will be looking to end an 0-7 run against Big Ten teams since a 3-0 win over Penn State in 2008.
The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 1-0 win at Michigan in overtime on Saturday, a huge conference win over a Wolverines squad which was atop the Big Ten table. Jason Wright had the golden goal, scoring 2:37 into overtime.
Wright, a member of Jamaica’s U17 and U20 national teams, leads the Scarlet Knights with nine goals and 20 points this season.
As a team, Rutgers is third in the county in scoring offense with an average of 2.50 goals-per-game. Two weeks ago, the Scarlet Knights put up eight goals in a thrashing of Loyola. Last Tuesday, Rutgers defeated Yale, 5-2.
In goal, David Greczek has played every minute, posting a 1.22 GAA and a .736 save percentage with three shutouts.