Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team moved up one spot in the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America (NSCAA) regional poll as they are now ranked fourth in the Middle Atlantic Region. The Quakers (4-2-0) are the highest-ranked Ivy League team in the region ahead of Princeton who is ranked fifth.
“Once again, it is great for our team’s efforts to be recognized in the rankings,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “The Mid-Atlantic Region has a number of quality teams in it this year and we are certainly pleased to be considered one of the top teams, but we are well aware games are not won and lost based on rankings. We need to stay focused on the job at hand and that is trying to go on the road today and get a result against a talented and hungry Loyola team.”
After being home for the last three contests, the Red and Blue are on the road for two, opening up against Loyola College (3-4-0, 1-0 MAAC) this afternoon in Baltimore, Md. The Greyhounds are the defending MAAC regular season champions.
“Loyola is a young, talented team that is particularly good playing at home. They have some very dangerous players in the attack that we will have to keep a close eye on,” Fuller said. “It will be a huge challenge for us to go down there and get a result, but I know our team looks forward to playing in these types on environments and tackling these types of challenges. It should be an entertaining game to watch today.”
The Quakers continue road play on Oct. 2 as they open the Ivy League portion of their schedule against Cornell.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.