Ivy League Release
CollegeSoccerNews.com National Team of the Week
ECAC Player of the Week Release
PHILADELPHIA - With No. 17 Penn (10-2-0, 3-0-0 Ivy) in the middle of a four-match shutout streak, it is no surprise that one of the four veteran defenders claimed Ivy League Player of the Week honors in the weekly awards handed out by the conference.
Junior tri-captain Thomas Brandt was named Ivy League Player of the Week, his first-ever selection as the Ancient Eight's top player for the previous week. He earned the recognition with Penn's lone goal in a 1-0 win over Dartmouth in Hanover. Brandt converted a rebound off a Penn free kick in the 4th minute, providing the only scoring the Quakers would need. Over the final 86 minutes, Brandt bore down with the rest of Penn's defense to hold one of the Ivy League's more potent offenses at bay. In the final five minutes, the Quakers turned aside three Big Green corners, keeping the clean sheet in tact. For the course of the match, Brandt helped the defense render nine Dartmouth corners futile.
The shutout was Penn's fourth in a row - all by scores of 1-0. On Tuesday, the Quakers defeated American, 1-0, in double overtime. Dating back to a Sept. 26 match with Richmond, the Quakers have kept opponents off the scoreboard for a total of 395:52.
In addition to his Ivy League honors, Brandt was named to CollegeSoccerNews.com's National Team of the Week. This is the second time this season that Brandt has been honored by a national college soccer media outlet, as he was selected to TopDrawerSoccer.com's National Team of the Week Sept. 13 after scoring two goals in one weekend - including an overtime game-winner. The local Philadelphia schools also honored Brandt as he was named to the Philadelphia Soccer Six Honor Roll for the week. A fourth honor was bestowed upon Brandt this week as well - ECAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Brandt and the Quakers are back in action Oct. 23 at Yale at 7 p.m. as Penn looks to stay atop the Ivy League standings.