PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team returns to Rhodes Field on Saturday, hosting Yale in Week Four of Ivy League play. Kickoff against the Bulldogs is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. following the women’s match at 5 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.
Saturday's game will played in honor of Tanner Falato. In August, the men's soccer team added Tanner to its group through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. On Saturday, Tanner will once again accompany the Red and Blue onto the pitch, leading the Quakers out for starting lineup introductions.
The Quakers need the full three points to stay within striking distance of the top of the Ivy League standings. The Red and Blue are 1-2-0 in Ancient Eight play, tied for fifth place and six points behind league-leading Dartmouth and Harvard. Yale is 1-10 overall, and 0-3 in Ivy play.
Five Things You Need to Know…Penn is 49-42-9 all-time against Yale. Penn is 6-2-2 in the last 10 meetings between the two teams. In the last five meetings at Rhodes Field, Penn is 3-1-1.
The Quakers are looking to get on the board after a pair of scoreless matches. Penn enters Saturday’s match with a run of 250:11 without scoring. The Red and Blue have shown that when they do get going on offense, the goals come in bunches – From September 29-October 10, the Quakers scored six times in three matches.
Freshman Etan Mabourakh is the likely starter in goal after two strong performances last week. He mad 13 total saves in a match and a half, including 10 against Ivy-leading Dartmouth. His efforts resulted in Ivy League and Philadelphia Soccer Six Rookie of the Week honors.
Today’s match caps a three-game homestand for the Quakers. Overall at home this year, Penn is 1-4-1 and 1-1-0 in the Ivy League.
Last year’s game went the distance, a 1-1 draw in New Haven. If you arrived late, you likely missed most of the scoring action. The Bulldogs scored 2:33 into the game, and Forrest Clancy countered 6:19 into the match on a long-range free kick.
The Bulldogs are on a six-game losing streak, having been outscored, 16-5, in those six losses. Last weekend, Yale was denied in overtime by Cornell, 2-1, on a header in the 99th minute.
Yale has conceded 27 goals this season, most in the Ivy League. Freshman Kyle Kenagy has three goals to lead Yale’s offense. Nicky Downs and Ollie Iselin each have scored twice.