Men's Soccer Prepares for NCAA First Round

PHILADELPHIA--After winning a share of the Ivy League title Sunday and a ticket to the tournament, thePenn men's soccerhas been zeroing in on its next target--George Mason. The Quakers (11-2-4) travel to Fairfax, Va., Friday to challenge the Patriots (13-6-2)at 7 p.m.

The match-up will be a sure test of wills. Penn brings with it one of the nation's toughest defenses. The Quakers have allowed just 11 goals in 17 games this season. There are only three other teams in the country that have held opponents to less this sesaon. Additionally, the Red and Blue, anchored by senior goalkeeper Drew Healy, have secured 11 shutouts--the most for any team in Penn's history. Healy sports a 0.61 goals-against average.

That defense will face a George Mason team that has hit a hot streak winning the last seven game straight and by a whopping 19-4 margin. Led by Kwame Adjeman-Pamboe with nine goals and six assists on the season. Irvin Martinez, Lucas Pardew and Ryan Garcia have also registered double-digit points this season.

Not to be outdone, Penn's offense boasts three players with double-digit points and senior Omid Shokoufandeh has equalled Adjeman-Pamboe's nine-goal output this season. The Quakers have also spread with wealth with 10 different goal scorers this season.

Mason has relied on Sean Kelley in the net. The 6-4 junior holds a 0.92 goals-against average and has nine shutouts this season. Five of those clean sheets have been in the team's current seven-game streak.

Fans unable to attend the game can follow on gametracker on George Mason's web site or by joining Penn Athletic Communications Associate Director Jen Werner with a live in-game blog starting at 6:45 p.m.