PHILADELPHIAAfter eking out a win in the Ivy League opener, the Penn men’s soccer team will play one more non-conference opponent before finishing the season with six more Ivy games. That game will be against in-state rival Lehigh, Tuesday in Bethlehem, Pa. at 7 p.m.
This will mark the 44th meeting for the teams and Penn holds a 29-12-2 advantage in the all-time series. However, in recent years, it has been anybody’s guess. Since this year’s seniors began at Penn, the Quakers have won (2-1 on 9/11/05), lost (2-0 on 9/4/06) and tied (1-1 on 9/27/07) in their meetings with the Mountain Hawks.
This season, Penn (7-0-3) brings an unbeaten record to the table and a roster full of individually recognized players. So far this season, senior goalkeeper Drew Healy had earned two Player of the Week nods from the Ivy League and Philadelphia Soccer Seven. Freshman defender Jake Levin was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week and most recently, senior Omid Shokoufandeh was named the Ivy League and PS7 Player of the Week as well as gaining recognition on the TopDrawerSoccer.com National Team of the Week.
Shokoufandeh has scored five goals and three assists to lead his team and the Ivy League in points. Also in double-digit points this season is senior Andrew Ferry who has 11 off four goals and three assists.
In goal, Penn has been solid with senior netminder Drew Healy. He boasts a 0.56 goals-against average and has shut out seven teams this season.
For Lehigh (4-3-2), Jim Taranto and Adam Gazda have broken into double-digit point totals and have each scored four goals. The Mountain Hawks have spread their scoring to six other players with two marking multiple goals.
In goal, Jonathan Nydell has seen the most minutes, though Christopher Varga got the nod in two contests. Nydell holds a 1.29 goals-against average and two clean sheets.