No. 22 Men's Soccer Primed for Ivy League/Big East Classic

PHILADELPHIA - Penn takes a 4-0-0 record into the inaugural Ivy League/Big East Classic, with matches against Villanova (Sept. 17, 5 p.m.) and at Georgetown (Sept. 19, 1 p.m.) on the horizon.

The Quakers are 2-0 against Philadelphia schools in 2010, already laying claim to a share of the Philadelphia Soccer Six championship with Drexel. A win over the Wildcats will give Penn a clean sweep of its city rivals for the season.

The Wildcats are struggling out of the gate, compiling a 1-2-1 record while scoring just three goals so far in 2010. After defeating Bucknell, 2-1, in overtime to start the season the Wildcats have mustered just one goal. The three-game winless streak for the Wildcats includes a 2-0 loss at Drexel, a 1-1 tie with Lafayette and 2-0 loss to George Mason. While the 'Cats were netting just one point as Part of the Penn Soccer Classic with the Quakers, Leopards and Patriots last weekend, the Red and Blue were pulling off a clean sweep with wins over Lafayette and George Mason.

The Wildcats returned 16 letterwinners and nine starters from a 9-8-2 club in 2009, but are still looking for some offensive spark. Three different players have scored 'Nova's three goals, including a pair of freshmen in Dylan Renna and Joseph Schmid. Junior Matt Margiotta has the other goal for a club starving for offense. On the back end, junior Chris Bresnahan has started every game - something he has done the previous two seasons as well.

On Sunday, the Quakers make the trip to D.C. to take on Georgetown. The Hoyas hold a special place in head coach Rudy Fuller's heart as he is a 1993 graduate of Georgetown. Fuller hopes to not be a very charitable alumnus on Sunday, as Penn sets its sights on continuing to increase its RPI with wins over strong non-conference opponents.

The Hoyas started quick in 2010, with two wins at home over Northeastern (2-1 in 2OT) and Michigan State (4-0). Since then, the Hoyas dropped two at the TLC Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Lobo Invite hosted by New Mexico. Both games were 3-1 losses, coming at the hands of New Mexico and Denver. The losses dropped the Hoyas out of the national rankings, paving way for the Quakers to move up.

Uche Onyeador has two goals for the Hoyas so far in 2010, including the game-winner over the Huskies in OT. In fact, both of his goals are game-winners, making him a man to watch in clutch situations. Six other players have pitched in goals for the Hoyas as offense has not been an issue. Steve Neumann is a player to keep an eye on as he has a goal and two assists already in 2010. Matthew Brutto started the first three games for Georgetown, and has a 1.25 GAA and a save% of .800. Mark Wilber started the other game, allowing three goals while saving 50% of shots faced.

Penn vs. Villanova - Sept. 17, 5 p.m. (Live Stats)

All-Time Series: Penn leads, 14-4-5
Last Meeting: Penn 0, Villanova 0 (Sept. 7, 2009 at Villanova)
In what shapes up to be a goaltending rematch on Friday, Ben Berg and Chris Bresnahan each posted shutouts as the teams battled to a scoreless draw. Penn had the shot advantage, 15-13, including four from Christian Barreiro. Adam Amann had four shots off the bench for 'Nova.
Notes on Penn: Penn has outscored opponents, 11-2, so far to begin 2010 ... The Quakers had 22 total goals in 17 games last season ... Ben Berg is 4-0-0, matching his career win total entering his senior season ... Berg was named Philadelphia Soccer Six Co-Player of the Week Sept. 13 ... Thomas Brandt scored twice last week, giving him three career goals ... He was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week for his efforts ... Penn is one of 18 teams undefeated and untied entering the weekend ... Only 12 of those teams have played as many games as Penn ... Freshman Stephen Baker is tied for seventh in the nation in goals with four and tied for 11th points with nine ... He is second among Division I freshmen.
Notes on Villanova: The Wildcats return 16 letterwinners for the 2010 season ... Nine of those returners are starters from '09 ... The 'Cats have scored just three goals over four games in 2010 ... Two freshmen, Dylan Renna and Joseph Schmid had goals in a 2-1 win over Bucknell ... After winning their first game, the Wildcats have gone three matches without a win ... Chris Bresnahan has started every one of possible game in his career.

Penn at Georgetown - Sept. 19, 1 p.m. (Live Stats and Broadcast Info)
All-Time Series: Tied, 1-1
Notes on Penn: Penn has outscored opponents, 11-2, so far to begin 2010 ... The Quakers had 22 total goals in 17 games last season ... Ben Berg is 4-0-0, matching his career win total entering his senior season ... Berg was named Philadelphia Soccer Six Co-Player of the Week Sept. 13 ... Thomas Brandt scored twice last week, giving him three career goals ... He was named to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week for his efforts ... Penn is one of 18 teams undefeated and untied entering the weekend ... Only 12 of those teams have played as many games as Penn ... Freshman Stephen Baker is tied for seventh in the nation in goals with four and tied for 11th points with nine ... He is second among Division I freshmen.
Notes on Georgetown: After starting the season with a pair of wins, Georgetown dropped two in New Mexico at the Lobos' tournament ... The pair of losses dropped the Hoyas out of the NSCAA polls - they were No. 20 entering last week ... Goals have not been an issue for the Hoyas, as they have scored eight in four games ... On the flip side, the Blue and Grey have allowed seven ... Six of those goals came last weekend in a pair of 3-1 losses in New Mexico ... Uche Onyeador has two goals in 2010, both game-winners.