PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men's soccer team will make the drive up Interstate 95 to take on Columbia in New York, Saturday. The Quakers will be looking to improve their road record which is currently middling at 1-1-2. At 4-3-3 on the season, and adecisive win in the last outing, Penn will try to ride that confidence into the Lions' den. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
Both Penn and Columbia had a difficult first week in the Ivies. Penn came back twice to tie with Cornell. Even after the physical match gave the Big Red a one-man advantage late in the game, senior Alex Takakuwa came up with the shorthanded goal and junior keeper made two saves in overtime to preserve the tie. In Columbia's game, the Lions played 65 minutes in a man-down situation before conceding an overtime goal to No. 23 Brown.
The Quaker defense will have to contend with the Lions' prolific forward Bayo Adafin on attack. He has scored four goals this season to lead the team. Last season, the Quakers were able to neutralize him for most of the game. Still, he was able to break away and notch a goal late in the game. The Lions have also been aided by James Prince with two goals and two assists this season.
With his two-goal outing against Lehigh, Tuesday, Penn's Christian Barreiro became the team's leading scorer with six goals and two assists. Takakuwa is second with five goals while junior Tobi Olopade is the team's top disher with four assists.
In goal, junior Ben Berg is sporting a 1.47 goals-against average and turned in his fourth clean sheet of the season on Tuesday. On the other end, sophomore Alex Aurrichio has a slightly better average at 1.33 but has yet to have a perfect game for the Lions.