PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s men’s soccer team hosts its final non-conference match of 2014 on Tuesday, welcoming West Virginia to Rhodes Field at 7 p.m. The Quakers (6-6-1, 2-1-1 Ivy) will be playing the Mountaineers (8-6-1, 1-1-1 MAC) for the first time.
The Quakers will be looking to put a 1-1 tie at Yale quickly in the rearview mirror, focusing on the final stretch of four matches which hopefully leads to a return to the NCAA Tournament.
The Quakers are 4-5-0 in non-conference games this season, and are 3-1-0 outside of the Ivy League in home games in 2014.
Two of the nation’s top offenses will take to Rhodes Field on Tuesday, Penn entering ranked No. 50 overall while the Mountaineers are No. 24, averaging 1.87 goals-per-game.
Duke Lacroix and Alec Neumann continue to sit atop Penn’s statistical charts with six goals and five assists, with Forrest Clancy behind them with 12 points on three goals and six assists.
The Quakers have held serve of late at home, posting a 10-6-0 record at Rhodes Field since the start of the 2013 season. The Red and Blue have scored at least one goal in their last 12 home contests.
West Virginia has won its last two games, including a 2-1 win at No. 12 Penn State on October 22. Andy Bevin had both goals in the win for the Mountaineers, scoring twice in a span of 7:26 midway through the second half to complete the comeback.
Bevin leads West Virginia in scoring with nine goals and seven assists for 25 points, good for sixth in the country. The Big East Rookie of the Year in 2011, Bevin has been an All-MAC selection the past two seasons and enters with 27 career goals.
Junior Jamie Merriam is a second option on attack for the Mountaineers with seven goals and three assists this season.
Two goalkeepers have split time this season for the Mountaineers, with Brent Arnold posting a 5-3-0 record and a 1.42 GAA with two shutouts. Lee Johnston is 3-3-1 with a 1.55 GAA and two clean sheets.