PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men's soccer team will look to rebound from two tough losses with its Ivy League opener against an up and down Cornell. The teams kick off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night.
The Quakers had a rough week with a heart-breaking overtime loss to Philadelphia Soccer Six foe Temple, and then a 5-0 rout at Penn State. Junior Tobi Olopade scored against Temple and has had a point in five of the team's seven games and eight on the season. Sophomore Christian Barriero and Senior Alex Takakuwa also have eight points this season to pace the Quakers.
Cornell has not had any consecutive wins or losses this season and most recentlysplit a pair of contests last week.The Big Red dropped a 2-0 decision to Binghamton on Sept. 23 before picking up a 2-1 win on Sept. 26 against Long Island. Matt Bouraee and Brett Sumpio both had a goal and an assist in the win over the Blackbirds, with Scott Brody picking up three saves in the victory. For the season, Bouraee leads the Big Red in points (eight) and assists (four) while sharing the team goal-scoring lead with Sumpio (two). Brody has seen all but five minutes in goal for the Big Red, posting a 1.35 goals-against average and a .784 save percentage with two shutouts.
Penn leads the all-time series by a 58-28-12 margin, and has won each of the last three meetings, including a 3-2 victory last season in Ithaca. Cornell's last win came in 2005, a 2-1 Big Red victory in Philadelphia.