PHILADELPHIA--With the Ivy League standings as tight as ever, the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team will travel to Yale (4-8-1, 1-3-0 Ivy)Saturday to defend its position at the top. Penn (7-4-1, 3-1-0 Ivy) is currently tied for first in the leaguewith Harvard. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium in New Haven, Conn.
With just three games left in the Quakers' season, and all of them in Ivy play, Saturday's contest at Yale will be crucial in Penn's quest for the Ivy title. Penn and Havard bothhave nine points. Brown (2-1-1) and Dartmouth (2-1-1) are two points behind. And while Yale may be a long shot, currently standing in seventh place with just three points, the Bulldogs are sure to make it interesting for the Red and Blue.
The Bulldogs' Alex Munns was named to the Ivy League honor roll on Monday. He scored Yale's goal in last Friday's loss at Cornell. It was his fourth of the season. Gage Hills,who returned to the lineup last Friday after missing three games with an injury, leads the team with five.
For Penn, sophomore Mike Klein leads the teamin points (13) and senior Ryan Tracy hasbankeda team best four goals. Ranked sixth in the NSCAA Northeast region, the Quakers haveoutscoredtheir opponents 20-10 thanks in part to a stingy defense anchored by seniorgoalkeeperDaniel Cepero. Thecaptain hasplayed every minute of every game in goal andholds a 0.88 goals against average.
In the last seven years, Penn has only stolen one win from the Elis, that was in 2002. Not only does this game have league implications, Penn is also hoping to halt a two-match skid.