PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s men’s soccer program will venture out of conference play on Tuesday night, heading to Rutgers for a 7 p.m. match with the Scarlet Knights. The game will be streamed live via the Big Ten Network Plus online streaming system.
Penn (5-5-0, 1-1-0 Ivy) will be playing its 14th match all-time against Rutgers (3-7-1, 1-3-1 Big Ten) and the Quakers hold an 8-5-0 record against the Scarlet Knights in the all-time series. The last time the two teams met was in 2007, a 2-0 loss for the Quakers on the road. The Quakers have not defeated the Scarlet Knights since a 1-0 win in overtime at Rutgers on October 23, 2002.
Penn’s all-time record against schools in the Big Ten is 15-32-2. The Red and Blue will be looking to snap a six-match losing streak against teams from the Big Ten, their last win a 3-0 defeat of Penn State in 2008.
Duke Lacroix’s 16 points are tied for second in the Ivy League, and he is tied for second in assists with four. He scored Penn’s lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Columbia on Saturday, giving him a team-best six this season.
Lacroix’s fellow forward, Alec Neumann, has equaled his point total from his rookie campaign last season, scoring five goals and adding four assists for 14 points through 10 matches.
Penn will be without senior center back Jason deFaria who received a red card during Saturday’s match and will serve his automatic one-game suspension. deFaria has started all 10 matches this season, but Penn can turn to either Sam Engs (three appearances, two goals) or Aaron Chen (four appearances, two starts) who have seen considerable minutes at the center of Penn’s defense this season.
Rutgers has been sliding of late, failing to register a win in its last six matches, going 0-5-1 since a 3-2 overtime win at Wisconsin on September 12. Include in the winless streak is a 1-0 loss at Penn State and a 5-2 loss at Princeton. Most recently, Rutgers was shut out by Michigan, 3-0, on Saturday.
Freshman forward Jason Wright has been the catalyst offensively for the Scarlet Knights during his rookie season, netting a team-high five goals. A member of Jamaica’s U17 and U20 National Teams, Wright has a team-high 26 shots this season and has accounted for 50% of his team’s scoring.