PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men's soccer team takes its 6-0-3 unbeaten streak to Ithaca, N.Y. Saturday for the Ivy League-opener against Cornell at 4:30 p.m. The Big Red is hosting just its third game of the season at Berman Field and enter with a 1-6 record.
While the numbers show a lop-sided match-up, the Cornell-Penn meeting is sure to be a battle. With no conference tournament in the Ivy League, every game carries significance and the non-conference records can be thrown out.
For fun though, let’s look at the numbers...
Cornell started its season being shut out in its first three outings. In all, the Big Red has been kept off the board in five games. In the lone win of the season, the Big Red got on the board early thanks to a breakdown in the Lafayette defense and scored the game-winner just three minutes after the Leopards scored the equalizer.
Two of Cornell’s three goals this season have come off the foot of senior Joe Yonga. The other goal was from Matt Bouraee who scored the Big Red’s only goal against the Quakers last season.
In that game, Cornell scored first, but the Quakers came back with scores on a penalty kick and an 89th-minute goal from Omid Shokoufandeh to stave off overtime.
In goal, Cornell has Scott Brody has seen the majority of minutes and holds a 2.07 goals-against average.
For Penn, three players have scored as many or more goals individually as the entire Cornell team. Andrew Ferry leads with four goals while Kevin Unger and Shokoufandeh have both tallied three thus far.
In goal, the Quakers have been solid with senior Drew Healy. He anchored the defense in seven shutouts and allowed just four goals in all for a 0.41 goals-against average.