Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team have returned to the national spotlight as they are ranked 15th in the country in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll. The Quakers are also ranked atop the Middle Atlantic Region.
“We are very pleased to be recognized in the national rankings,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “One of our goals is to be considered one of the top teams in the region and in the country year in and year out. But we are well aware that games are not won or lost based on rankings. It is necessary for us to stay focused and continue to play consistently as we head into this weekend’s game at Dartmouth.”
The Red and Blue (6-2-1, 2-0 Ivy League) achieved their highest ranking since 2002 in which the Quakers were tabbed as the 14th team in the country. Penn has been on a tear as of late riding a six-game unbeaten streak, outscoring opponents, 10-2, during that time. The Quakers streak started on Sept. 17 when they upset then-ranked No. 18 South Carolina, 2-1, at the Penn Soccer Classic.
The Quakers look to remain undefeated in the Ivy League as they travel to Dartmouth on Oct. 17 before returning home on Oct. 20 to face Maryland.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.