PHILADELPHIAThe Penn men’s soccer team takes on its first Philadelphia Soccer Seven team Sunday when the Quakers face Temple at2 p.m. at Rhodes Field. The game was originally scheduled to be an away game for the Quakers, but was moved to Rhodes Field. The Red and Blue bring a seven-game unbeaten streak into the game at 5-0-2 on the season. Temple is 4-3,afterdefeating Rider, 3-0, Friday.
The Quakers have dominated the series with Temple holding a 21-5-5 all-time record, but the teams have not met since 2005. In the last meeting, this year’s seniors were playing their first game in the Red and Blue. Two of those then-freshmen broke the 79-minute stalemate when Kevin Unger fed Mike Klein who notched the game-winner.
Incidentally, the Owls have a freshman that is making waves this season. Tyler Witmer leads Temple’s goal-production with three tallies and shared Philadelphia Soccer Seven Player of the Week honors with Penn’s Drew Healy on Sept. 15.
This week, Penn rookie Jake Levin holds the PS7 weekly honors while he and Healy were named the Ivy League Rookie and Player of the Week, respectively. Levin was honored for his efforts on the backline as well as his two goals against Mercer. Healy earned the nod after securing two more shutouts last weekend (adding another Wednesday) to keep the Quakers’ unscored-upon streak alive. Penn is the only team in the country to make such a claim.
Those awards reflected games in the Penn Soccer Classic that Temple played in, though didn’t face Penn. Hosting Mercer Friday night, the Owls handily defeated the Bears 2-0 before falling 1-0 to Buffalo.
Earlier this week, Penn downed Penn State, 3-0 at Rhodes Field. The score fails to tell the whole story, however. After scoring two midway through the first half, the Quakers were put on their heels in the second with PSU’s halftime adjustments. Senior Kevin Unger iced the game for the Quakers in the 87th minute.