Men's Soccer To Host Ivy Rival Princeton

PHILADELPHIA--The Quakers (5-7-2, 2-2-0 Ivy) are looking to rebound from a tough 3-0 defeat at the hands of nationally-ranked Brown last weekend.

The Red and Blue are tied for third in the league standings with today’s opponent, Princeton, as well as next week’s opponent, Harvard. Though it involves a lot of teams winning or losing specific games, mathematically Penn is still in the running for an Ivy title.

Quaker Notes ...

Newcomer Loukas Tasigianis’ adjustment to the collegiate level has been noticeable in the last month as he has scored four goals and registered two assists to lead the team in goals and points. He also garnered Ivy League Rookie of the Week and Philadelphia Soccer Seven Co-Player of the Week honors, Oct. 22. Tasigianis and junior Alex Grendi (pictured at below) co-lead the team in points (10). Tasgianis has the most goals (4) and Grendi has the edge in assists with six. Both rank in the top-10 among the Ivy League points leaders. Tasigianis also ranks among goal-scorers, and Grendi has the second-most assists in the League. The Quakers are hoping to start a new tradition in the Penn-Princeton rivalry ... Last season, Penn turned the tables on a 20-year drought against the Tigers with a 1-0 overtime win. The Quakers had not beaten their Ivy rival since the 1985 season and managed just two ties in that span. On this date ... Nov. 3, 1955 ... Penn hosted city rival La Salle at Stewart Field. In that era, soccer was played in four 22-minute quarters. The Quakers defeated the Explorers 7-1. More impressive was the performance of team captain Bob Hennessy W’56. He scored four goals and had the hat trick before the first quarter ended. He led his team to a 10-1 record that season. It was the first 10-win season in 22 years and the first ever against all-college teams.

Scouting the Tigers ...

Princeton (4-8-2, 2-2-0 Ivy) extended its home winning streak to five games last Saturday with a 1-0 victory against Cornell. Like the Quakers, Princeton had a tough start to the season, losing games to Cal and Stanford in California. the Tigers were nearly winless until October, but found a 2-0 win on Sept. 30 against Fairleigh Dickinson. Since then they are 3-2-1.