PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team caps a three-match road swing on Tuesday night, but it is just a short trip for the Quakers as they head west to Drexel to take on University City neighbor Drexel at 7 p.m.
Each side is looking for its first win of 2015, Penn entering at 0-2-1 and Drexel with a 0-5-0 record.
Penn is coming off a rough trip to Florida last weekend. The Quakers let a halftime lead slip away in a 3-1 loss to FIU on Thursday night. On Saturday, the scheduled match at FGCU never started due to over three hours of lightning and torrential rain in Fort Myers.
Last time out for Drexel, the Dragons conceded a goal to Iona in the 32nd minute en route to a 1-0 defeat.
Five Things You Need to Know…Both clubs are struggling on offense. Penn has one goal scored in three matches, while the Dragons have scored three goals – all in the same game – over their five contests.
Drexel has gone 283:06 without scoring a goal this season dating back to its second match of the season.
Penn is 30-9-2 all-time in the “University City Derby” against Drexel. After not playing each other from 2006-11, Penn has won two of the three meetings held the past three seasons.
All-time at Drexel, Penn is 11-6-0.
Both teams have been busy on defense throughout the early portion of the season. The Quakers are No. 6 in the nation with 6.0 saves-per-game. Drexel, on the other hand, is No. 12 in the country with 5.6 saves-per-game.
Last year, the two teams met at Rhodes Field in Penn’s season opener. The Quakers scored twice in a span of 5:30 early in the second half to break open a scoreless affair, going on to a 2-0 win.
In 2012, the last time Penn and Drexel met at Vidas Field, the Dragons scored with 5:26 remaining to break a 1-1 deadlock for a 2-1 win.