PHILADELPHIAThe University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team opens its home slate with the annual Penn Soccer Classic at Rhodes Field, Friday and Sunday. Hosting Duquesne, Princeton and Saint Joseph’s, Penn is looking to defend its 2004 and 2005 Classic titles.
Princeton and Duquesne kick off the tournament Friday at 5 p.m., followed by the prime time Philadelphia Soccer Seven match-up between Penn and Saint Joseph’s at approximately 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, Penn will meet Duquesne in the final match of the tournament at 2:30 p.m., following the Princeton-Saint Joseph’s match at noon.Sunday is also Youth Soccer Day at Rhodes Field.The first 200 fans will receive a Youth Soccer Month wristband, stressball or thunderstix.
Penn (2-1) is running a two-game winning streak after claiming the Mayor’s Cup by defeating Marist and host school Hartwick, Sept. 8-10. Saint Joseph’s has scored just four goals this season and is still looking for its first win after five games.
Senior captain and goalkeeper Daniel Cepero became Penn’s all-time leader in career shutouts with the 4-0 decision against Marist. After collecting nine saves on the weekend, Cepero was recognized as the tournament’s defensive MVP. He also garnered All-Ivy and Philadelphia Soccer Seven weekly honors.
Senior Ryan Tracy also made a statement, with the match-winner against Hartwick and a goal against Marist Sunday. Junior Derek Hobson also scored two weekend goals, both against Marist.
Duquesne is 3-1-1 in 2006 and boasts a junior midfielder, Travis MacKenzie, with eight points this season. He was named Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week this week for his two goals and one assist at the Bucknell Tournament last weekend.