PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s men’s soccer team hits the road this weekend, venturing north to New Hampshire for an Ivy League match with Dartmouth on October 18 at 7 p.m.
The Quakers (5-6-0, 1-1-0 Ivy) are looking to tighten up the Ancient Eight race against a Big Green team which is tied with Harvard atop the table. Dartmouth is 7-3-1 overall in 2014, and 2-0-0 in the League.
The Red and Blue are coming off a pair of losses, including a 2-1 defeat against Columbia last weekend and a 4-1 loss at Rutgers on Tuesday. Rudy Fuller’s squad is one of four teams tied for third in the Ivy League with three points through two weeks of League play.
Penn is 30-23-8 all-time against the Big Green, and 4-5-1 in the last 10 meetings. Five of the last 10 meetings have been decided by one goal, with two requiring overtime.
Last year, the Quakers handled the Big Green easily, 3-0, for Penn’s biggest margin of victory over Dartmouth since 1972. Alec Neumann had the opening strike for the Quakers, and Duke Lacroix added two insurance goals.
Lacroix and Neumann enter the weekend second and third in the Ivy League in total points. Lacroix has 17 points, two shy of his career best for points in a season. His 62 career points are fifth-most all-time by a Penn player, and most since 1990.
For Neumann, his goal on Tuesday at Rutgers moved him to 16 points this season, a new career high. He has 30 career points in 29 matches.
Neumann and Lacroix have been on fire of late for the Quakers, scoring six of Penn’s last seven goals. Forrest Clancy has scored twice for the Quakers this season, including the game-winner in Penn’s last road Ivy game at Cornell.
Dartmouth enters the match with a 7-1-1 record in its last nine games. The only loss in that span came on Tuesday, a 3-1 loss to No. 23 Boston University. The Big Green’s offense has been clicking of late, with 22 goals over the last nine games.
Last weekend, Dartmouth handled Yale, 4-1, to move to 2-0-0 in Ivy play. The Bulldogs were limited to three shots in the game, and Jonathan Nierenberg’s two goals off the bench propelled the Big Green to the win.
Alex Adelabu, the reigning Ivy League Co-Player of the Week, leads the Big Green with five goals and three assists for 13 points. Hugh Danilack has eight points, with two goals and four assists. His younger brother, Matt, is right behind him with three goals and an assist.