PHILADELPHIA - After two hard fought matches against top-15 opponents, the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team travels to Temple on Sunday to take on the Owls at 3 p.m. at Ambler Field.
Penn’s early non-conference schedule has been a competitive one, facing Seattle – receiving votes in the NCAA poll – and at No. 10 Washington, and versus No. 12 American.
The Quakers (2-3) will face another test Sunday in their second Philadelphia Soccer Six match of the season against the Owls (1-4-1).
Temple is coming off of a, 1-0, loss at Fordham, and has not won since its second game of the season against Sacramento State.
Offensively, the top two scorers for the Red and Blue have been, not surprisingly, Second Team All-Ivy forward Alec Neumann and reigning Ivy Offensive Player of the Year forward Duke Lacroix, who have combined for five goals and one assist. This season, they have accounted for 24 of the 58 total shots for the Quakers.
For Temple, freshman Olli Tynkkynen leads the team in goals with two, but the Owls have only scored six goals in six games. They rely heavily on goalkeeper Dan Scheck, who has played every minute in goal this season and last. He managed a 0.67 GAA last season and .859 save percentage, but his numbers have slipped to a 1.26 GAA and .714 save percentage in his early action this season.
Penn and Temple have not met since 2009, when the Owls defeated the Quakers, 2-1. Penn leads the all-time series 21-6-6.