PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team opens Ivy League play on Saturday, hosting Cornell at Rhodes Field. Kickoff for the Ancient Eight opener is set for 7 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.
The Quakers (1-5-1) have as much momentum with them as they have maintained at any point in the 2015 season as they begin the conference campaign. On Tuesday, Penn struck three times in the second half in a Philadelphia Soccer Six match against Saint Joseph’s, scoring a 3-0 win over the Hawks. That win followed up an effort which saw the Quakers outshoot and out-corner No. 21 Penn State in a 2-0 loss.
Five Things You Need to Know…Penn is 65-32-12 against Cornell all-time. The Quakers are 6-3-1 against the Big Red in their last 10 meetings.
Five of the last nine meetings between the two teams have been 1-0 affairs. Penn is 4-1 in those matches. The last two meetings between Penn and Cornell have been 1-0 games, both wins for the Quakers.
After going 410:56 without a goal dating back to the FIU match September 10, the Quakers exploded for three goals in the final 26:10 of play against the Hawks on Tuesday night.
Marc Kaizi-Lutu scored his first collegiate points on Tuesday night, netting the game-winning goal and assisting on Penn’s second goal of the night. He needed just 3:11 after subbing into the match to find the back of the net, heading home a corner kick from Gavin Barger.
Nick Savino made two saves against the Hawks, picking up his first collegiate shutout.
Cornell is 1-7-1 overall this season, the lone win a 2-1 win over Air Force in overtime on September 20. The Big Red have been shutout six times this season, and have not scored in the past two matches.
Madison Heck has two goals for Cornell this season, while Jonathan Cullom has one and the Big Red have scored once via an own goal. The Big Red have conceded 13 goals this season, with just one clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Duquesne.