PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team wraps up its Philadelphia Soccer Six play on Tuesday with a road match at Saint Joseph’s. Kickoff against the Hawks is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Sweeney Field.
Five Things You Need to Know…Penn is 22-4-0 all-time against Saint Joseph’s.
The Quakers have won their last eight games against the Hawks. Penn’s last loss to Saint Joseph’s came on Hawk Hill in 1994, a 3-1 loss.
Despite a 0-5-1 start to the season, Penn has reason for optimism looking ahead to the remaining 10 games. Penn’s schedule ranks as the 28th-toughest of any Division I team to this point in the season (24-15-6 , .600%). Starting with Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday, Penn will play opponents with a combined winning percentage of .396 (25-40-7) – a schedule which ranks 21st-easiest overall.
New blood has been a constant presence for the Quakers through six matches this season. Eight different newcomers have played in four or more matches, and seven have started three or more.
The Quakers are coming off their most active offensive effort of 2015 last Wednesday against No. 21 Penn State. Against the Nittany Lions, Penn had a season-high 12 shots after mustering just 14 in its previous three games combined. The Red and Blue also earned 11 corner kicks against the Nittany Lions, almost equaling their total of 16 from the previous five games combined.
Saint Joseph’s enters the game with a 2-6-1 record and a 2-2-1 mark in its last five games. Last week, the Hawks played Drexel to a 0-0 draw and defeated Howard in double overtime, 3-2. The three goals against the Bison broke a three-game scoreless drought for the Hawks.
Emmanuel Temeh leads the Hawks with four goals and an assist for nine points this season. He has the game-winner in both Hawks wins this season. Six other players have a goal for Saint Joseph’s.
Bobby Edwards and Jay Higbee have split time in goal for the Hawks, each with a win. Higbee started against Howard, while Edwards had the shutout two games ago against Drexel.
Last year, Penn scored an overtime win against the Hawks when Alec Neumann headed in the game-winner in the 103rd minute to seal a 2-1 win.