PHILADELPHIA--Senior Omid Shokoufandeh garnered more national recognition with a nod on the Soccer America team of the week. The No. 23 Quakers' success was also given credence with a mention by ESPN.
Shokoufandeh, who was also named the Ivy League Player of the Week and to TopDrawerSoccer.com's national team of the week, received his first recognition from Soccer America, Tuesday.
Shokoufandeh registered his second multi-goal game and improved to 2-2 on the year in penalty kicks as the Quakers defeated Brown, 4-0. Shokoufandeh scored twice in the first half to give the Quakers a steady lead heading into the locker room. His tally from the penalty spot was ultimately the game-winner after the Red and Blue notched their ninth shutout of the season. The senior's nine goals and 21 points on the season are the most scored by any player under Head Coach Rudy Fuller in a single season. The win combined with Harvard’s loss to Dartmouth propelled the Quakers to a tie for first in the Ivy standings.
Turning headsonthe national scene, the Quakers moved up to21 in the NSCAA poll. After debuting in thepoll on Oct. 7 at No. 19, the Quakers haveheld the No. 25 and 23 spotssince then. Penn is the only Ivy League school currently in the poll, though both Dartmouth and Harvard received votes in this week's edition.
Penn'sperformance against Brown last weekend not only moved the Red and Blueinto a tie for first in the Ivy standings, but drew the attention of ESPN Soccernet. While surveying the national scene in the final weeks of the regular season,ESPN's Maria Burns Ortiz was impressed by Penn's steady success, bid for the Ivy crown and subsequent NCAA berth. Read the entire article here. Shokoufandeh's photo accompanies the article.
The Quakers will travel to Princeton to face the Tigers in a 1 p.m. game on Saturday, Nov. 8.