Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team continues to receive national recognition as they moved up one notch to 14th in the latest poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) this afternoon. The Quakers (6-2-2, 2-0-1 Ivy League) were last ranked 14th in 2002. The Red and Blue also are tied with Seton Hall for No. 1 in the Middle Atlantic Regional rankings.
“Being ranked 14th in the country is great for our program, our alumni and all of those who do so much behind the scenes to help us be successful. However, our players have done a very good job of keeping their eyes on the prize and not getting caught up in the rankings,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “Our goal every year is to win the Ivy League championship and make the NCAA Tournament and the rankings don’t help us achieve either. We have a huge challenge in front of us with tomorrow’s game against a very talented Maryland team that has played in the past two College Cups and our players are more focused on that game than any national poll. We are looking forward to a great soccer game tomorrow on Rhodes Field.”
The Quakers are currently riding a seven-game unbeaten streak and are tied with Princeton for the top-spot in the Ivy League standings. During that time, they have shut out opponents four times and outscored them by a 12-3 margin. As a team, the Quakers are 15th in the nation in shutout percentage (.500) and 21st in goals against average (0.76). Sophomore Daniel Cepero is 24th in nation with a 0.76 GAA. In the Soccer Times Top-25 Coaches Poll, Penn is ranked 24th.
Penn faces No. 25 Maryland tomorrow, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. on Rhodes Field.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.