PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men’s soccer team heads out for its final road trip of the season with a match against No. 15 Harvard at Ohiri Field in Cambridge, Mass. The Saturday contest will kick-off at 11 a.m.
Penn is just one game behind Harvard in the Ivy League standings, and can pull even with a win. The Quakers are 2-3 (5-8-2 overall) in the League while the Crimson are 3-2 (10-3-2 overall).
Last season, Penn toppled Harvard in the Ivy opener with a solid 3-1 win and were denied the shutout by just five minutes. Then-freshman Andre Akpan scored for the Crimson at 85:00, but Penn’s Josh Baugh fired right back with a goal at 85:43 to put the game away. Itended up beingthe only Ivy loss for the Harvard, who went on to win the League title. Mike Klein and Kevin Unger scored the Quakers other two goals.
Penn entersSaturday's match in a scoring drought after being held scoreless in the last two outings. Freshman Loukas Tasigianis leads the team’s goal production with four and co-leads the team in points (10), sharing the spot with junior Alex Grendi who has two goals and six assists to his credit. Junior Andrew Ferry has also been a offensive threat for the Red and Blue, with three goals and three assists this season.
In goal, Penn started Kevin Sweetland against Ivy rival Princeton last weekend. The sophomore, who had not seen minutes since September, made two saves and several other important plays to keep the Quakers in the match after allowing an early goal. Penn made the switch after regular starter Drew Healy was injured midweek in practice; his playing status is day-to-day.
Harvard defeated Columbia last weekend with an impressive five-goal performance. Ascould be expected, Akpan added to the Crimson scoring; the U.S. under-20 national team member leads the team and the Ivy League in points (31), goals (12) and assists (7).
Penn’s regular in-game blog will not be available, although live stats can be found by clicking here.