Hey, Quaker fans!
The fall sport season is in full swing, and the Penn soccer teams need your support!
On Saturday night, the Quakers host a doubleheader as Ivy rival Columbia comes to Rhodes Field. The men’s team plays at 5 p.m., followed by the women’s team at 7:30 p.m. Both the men and the women are looking for big wins to continue the Ivy League season, but they can’t do it without their fans behind them.
Plus, as part of a special promotion, all Penn students who attend the games are eligible to win a $50 gift certificate to the Penn Bookstore! There’s no better way to spend a Saturday night than with the Quakers. So grab your friends, put on your red and blue, and cheer on the Penn soccer teams to victory under the lights at Rhodes Field!
Some notes as we look ahead to the weekend action ahead...
Penn Men (6-2-1, 2-0-0 Ivy) vs. Columbia (5-4-1, 0-1-1 Ivy)
Penn has shut out Columbia in the last two meetings (1-0, 2-0), but are 3-3-2 against the Lions under head coach Rudy Fuller. Last season, Penn was on the road and won a rainy and messy overtime thriller. Mike Klein buried the match-winner nine minutes into the extra period.
The Quakers boast a fourth-place standing in the latest NSCAA Northeast region poll.
The Quakers sit alone atop the Ivy League standings as the only team currently undefeated and untied. Penn beat Harvard at home (9/23) and Cornell on the road (9/30). Sophomore Andrew Ferry scored the match-winner against the Big Red last weekend, while senior keeper Dan Cepero earned his fourth season shutout (and school-record 19th career blanking) with two saves. Cepero was named to the Ivy League and Philadelphia Soccer Seven Honor Rolls for his performance.
Klein, a sophomore, has stepped up as a major contributor again this season, tallying 11 points (3g, 5a) in eight matches. Senior Ryan Tracy is on the verge of double digits, as well, with nine points (4g, 1a) this season.
Two Quakers celebrated birthdays this weekjunior Jeff Livingston (10/4) and sophomore Drew Healy (10/5).
Penn Women (6-2-1, 1-1-0 Ivy) vs. Columbia (4-4-3, 1-0-1 Ivy)
Today marks the 15th meeting between these two league rivals in women’s soccer; Penn leads the series, 8-5-1.
Columbia grabbed a 1-0 win in New York City last year, scoring with 1:01 left on the clock in a match where Penn outshot the Lions, 16-5. The last time these teams met in Philadelphia, in 2004, the Quakers dealt the Lions a 3-0 loss.
Penn has won two in a row after its 3-0 win over Lafayette Tuesday night. Sophomore Molly Weir, who had become an offensive threat over the past few weeks, finally broke out and netted all three of the Quakers’ second-half goals.
Freshman Jessica Fuccello, who has at least a point in all of Penn’s last five matches, had a pair of assists in Tuesday’s win. Senior Megan Boys and freshman Jess Rothenheber also had helpers.
At the other end, freshman Sara Rose has gotten the start in goal the last two matches and kept clean sheets for both of them. In doing so, she followed the footsteps of her classmate, Cailly Carroll, from earlier this season.
This marks the second of three doubleheaders over the next week. On Wednesday, the women will host Robert Morris at 5 p.m., while the men play Rutgers at 7:30 p.m.