2009 All-Ivy Men's Soccer Teams
PHILADELPHIA - Coming off arguably its strongest men's soccer season as a conference, the Ivy League has announced its All-Ivy teams for the sport. Three Penn players were represented on this year's squads, as sophomore defender Jake Levin was a second-team honoree while junior midfielders Jason Gorskie and Loukas Tasigianis received honorable mention.
The Ivy League ended up with four teams selected to the 48-team NCAA College Cup Monday night, including one that got a first-round bye (Harvard) and two others that were selected to host first-round matches (Princeton and Brown). Pennwas in the hunt for a share of the Ivy title until the penultimate weekend of the season; the Quakersfinished 6-8-3 overall and went 2-4-1 in the league.
A freshman starter and honorable mention All-Ivy for Penn's Ivy League championship squad in 2008, Levin started all but one match this season and anchored a defense that finished with a 1.44 goals-against average and shut out six opponents (two in Ivy play). At the offensive end, Levin was credited with eight shots on the season, four of which were on goal.
Gorskie started and played in 16 of Penn's 17 matches this season, solidifying the midfield in the center of the park. His only goal this season came against Princeton, and had also had assists in non-league games against Albany and Temple. This was Gorskie's first All-Ivy honor at Penn.
Tasigianis received honorable mention for the second time in his career; he also gained the honor in 2007. This season, he scored the winning goal in Penn's 1-0 win at nationally ranked Brown, and also had goals against San Diego and American as well as an assist against Lehigh. Tasigianis played in all 17 matches in 2009, making 13 starts.
Champion Harvard swept the postseason player honors, as Andre Akpan was named the Ivy League Player of the Year and Brian Rogers was the Ivy League Rookie of the Year.