Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team is ranked fifth in the Middle Atlantic Region in the latest National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) poll released this afternoon. The Quakers share the spot with Ivy League rival Princeton. The Red and Blue also received eight votes in the Soccer Times Coaches Top-25 poll.
“It is always nice to get recognized in the rankings, but we are well aware of the pitfalls of reading too much into them at this stage of the season,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “We have yet to hit our stride and still need to play well on a more consistent basis if we want to reach the goals we’ve set for ourselves this year.
“There are no easy games on our schedule, and we need to be sure we show up and work hard every day in order to be successful over the long haul.”
The Red and Blue (3-2-0) are riding a two-game winning streak, capturing the Penn Soccer Classic on Sept. 19. In the Classic, Penn upset No. 18 South Carolina, 2-1, on Sept. 17. Senior Josh Duyan recorded his first points of the season with a goal and an assist against the Gamecocks. The Quakers continued their success with a 1-0 shutout of Fairleigh Dickinson. The shutout was sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Cepero’s second of the season. He currently ranks 29th in the nation in saves per game with 5.2 stops.
Penn is back in action on Friday, Sept. 24 as it host Philadelphia Soccer Seven foe Drexel at 3:30 p.m. at Rhodes Field.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.