PHILADELPHIA--With just three games left in the regular season, the No. 23 Penn men’s soccer team faces some of its toughest competition of the season. The good news is the Quakers will host two of those three games. First up is Brown, the other team tied with Penn for second place in the Ivy standings. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.
While the Quakers have relied on their unwavering defense this season, the attack has also started clicking with senior Omid Shokoufandeh emerging as a major threat. He has scored seven goals -- four of which were game-winners -- and three assists. His 17 points are second in the Ivy League and exceed his three-year career total prior to this season.
Joining him on the attack are seniors Andrew Ferry, Alex Grendi and Kevin Unger, all of whom have scored multiple goals this season.
On the other side, Brown has found a good deal of success on re-starts, putting senior defender Rhett Bernstein’s 6-1 frame to good use with four goals this season. He leads the Bears in goals and points while three others have tallied multiple goals and six others have found the back of the net at some point in the season.
Though Brown has enjoyed a height advantage on many of those re-start chances, the Quaker defense has an imposing stature in that regard as well. The starting four on the backline combine for 24 feetand five inches and have done well defending as well as scoring. Both Ryan Porch and Jake Levin have headed home two goals this season.
As the last line of defense, Penn has senior goalkeeper Drew Healy who holds a 0.74 goals-against average that rates second in the Ivy League. For Brown, Jarrett Leech and Paul Grandstrand have shared net-minding duties. Grandstrand replaced Leech after Harvard scored three unanswered goals two weeks ago and has started in the two games since.
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