Men's Soccer Returns Home to Face Dartmouth

PHILADELPHIA - Hard luck has described the Penn men's soccer team during the last week. There was a 1-0 loss at Columbia last weekend when the Lions were awarded a penalty kick in the 80th minute for the game's only goal. Then, on Tuesday, the Quakers gave up a goal with just 20 seconds left in the match in taking a 2-1, double-overtime loss to Patriot League frontrunner American in Washington, D.C.

Penn returns home this weekend, but the sledding gets no easier - a Dartmouth team that began the season with a Top-10 ranking nationally comes to Rhodes Field. The Quakers and Big Green will be the second half of a women's/men's doubleheader at Rhodes, slated to kick off Sunday with the time still to be determined. (The Penn and Dartmouth women will start two-and-a-half hours before that

This will be the first of three Ivy League doubleheaders the Penn soccer teams will host over the next four weekends; the Quakers will host Yale next Saturday, and Princeton on November 7.

Saturday's Penn-Dartmouth men's match is a meeting of last year's Ivy League co-champions; the Quakers earned the league's automatic bid into the NCAA College Cup by beating the Big Green in head-to-head. Dartmouth also advanced to the NCAAs and advanced to the Round of 16.

Also in the Ivy League: Saturday is a full day of activity, as all eight teams are in action for this third weekend of conference play. All eyes will be on Cambridge, Mass., where Harvard (1-0-1) and Brown (2-0-0) meet at 1:30 p.m.; the 8-2-1 Crimson are ranked sixth nationally this week, while the Bears are 15th and unbeaten overall at 7-0-4. Columbia (1-1-0) is at Princeton (0-2-0) for a 4 p.m. kickoff, while Yale (0-2-0) entertains Cornell (0-0-2) in New Haven at 7 p.m.

The Series with Dartmouth: The Quakers lead the Big Green, 28-20-8, including a 1-0 win last year in Hanover. Prior to that, Dartmouth had won two in a row, including a 2-0 decision on Rhodes Field during the 2007 season.

About Dartmouth: The Big Green (7-2-1, 2-0-0) join Harvard and Brown in the latest NSCAA national poll; they are ranked 20th. Last week, Dartmouth needed a pair of goals from Lucky Mkosana -- his fourth and fifth of the season -- to knock off Yale in overtime, 2-1. Mkosana's effort earned him Ivy League Player of the Week honors on Monday. Craig Henderson, a senior, was last year's Ivy League Player of the Year and played for New Zealand at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He has four goals and four assists. Daniel Keat leads the Big Green with seven goals, five assists, and 19 points.

About Penn...

*Penn entered the week fourth among Ivy teams in goals per game (1.55) and points per game (4.64).

*Junior Loukas Tasigianis had Penn's goal Tuesday night at American; it was his second goal this season.

*Michael Kozak and Travis Cantrell were credited with assists on Tasigianis' goal, the second assist for both this season.

*Sophomore Christian Barreiro, who had a two-goal performance last week at Lehigh, is fifth among Ivy players with 0.55 goals and 1.27 points per game.

*Junior Tobi Olopade is tied for fourth among Ivy players with 0.44 assists per game, and 10th with 1.11 points per game.

*Senior Alex Takakuwa is ninth among Ivy players with 0.45 goals per game.

*In goal, junior Ben Berg has played almost the entire season with last Saturday being the exception. He had six saves at American Tuesday, and entered the week tied for the Ivy League lead with four shutouts.

*Freshman Garon Smith got the start in goal against Columbia, not only his first collegiate start but also his first collegiate action. He responded by earning a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll with five saves against Columbia; the only goal he allowed came on a penalty kick.

Quoting Head Coach Rudy Fuller