PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team is back in action on Saturday night, visiting Brown in Week Five of Ivy League play. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Five Things You Need to Know…Penn enters the game with a 2-8-2 overall record and a 1-2-1 mark inside the Ivy League. Penn’s four points have the Quakers in a tie for fifth in the League. Brown is 8-5-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the Ivy League. The Bears are in third place, five points out of first.
Of Penn’s eight goals this season, each has been scored by an underclassman. Four of come from freshmen and four have come from sophomores. Of the eight goals, only Austin Kuhn’s has come off the foot of a player who scored for the Quakers last season.
There is no shortage of experience being earned this season by the Quakers. All 18 field players have appeared in at least five games and all 18 have started at least two.
One downfall to the experience being gained has been a lack of continuity to the starting group. The injury bug has left Penn without the same starting eleven in consecutive games since the opening two contests of the season.
Etan Mabourakh leads all Ivy League freshmen goalkeepers with a .767 save percentage – good for fourth overall in the Ancient Eight.
Brown has won its last two games, including a 1-0 win at Cornell last weekend in Ivy play and a 1-0 win in double overtime over UMass-Lowell on Tuesday. The Bears are 4-2-1 at home this season.
Freshman Jack Hagstrom has five goals for the Bears this season, leading all Ivy League rookies and ranking second overall in the Ancient Eight. Classmate Matthew Chow is second on the team with three goals – each a game winner.
Junior Erik Hanson has started 10 games in goal, and is 5-4-1 with a 1.26 GAA and a .745 save percentage.