Men’s football hosts Dartmouth in Saturday’s Ivy home opener at Penn Park
PHILADELPHIA CREAM – After a 2-1 victory over Yale in the Ivy League opener last Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team returns to Penn Park for a Saturday night clash with Ancient Eight foes Dartmouth .
MATCH DAY 9: Dartmouth at Penn
Saturday October 8 | 5 p.m.
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Penn has partnered with non-profit organization Grassroot Soccer for Saturday’s game.
Grassroot Soccer is an international organization that uses the power of soccer to educate and mentor adolescents about their biggest health issues, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence.
For every $25 donated, an at-risk child is supported through Grassroot Soccer programs and given a much greater opportunity to lead a healthy life. To date, Grassroot Soccer has graduated over 13 million young people in over 60 countries.
The series with Dartmouth
The Quakers ended Dartmouth’s five-game winning streak in the head-to-head series last season with a 2-1 double-overtime victory at Rhodes Field. Leo Burney tied the game in the 86th minute and Stas Korzeniowski won it in the 104th, giving Penn a 31-28-8 advantage in the all-time series.
The Big Greens haven’t scored in their last two games after a 6-0 win over Stonehill. That includes a 1-0 loss to Princeton last Saturday in each team’s conference opener.
David Alino leads the team with five goals, thanks to a four-goal performance against Stonehill. Four other players have each scored once this season. Costi Christodoulou made 27 saves and entered Saturday with a 0.97 goals-against average and 0.82 save percentage.
* Penn was receiving votes in this week’s United Soccer Coaches poll, the program’s first appearance in the poll since 2011.
* Les Rouge et Bleu won five consecutive matches for the first time since the 2010 season. 2010 was also the last time the program won six of its first eight matches.
* A win tonight would give Penn seven wins for the third consecutive season, a first for the program since 2004-06.
* Ben Stitzwho entered the year with three career goals in 48 appearances, scored in five consecutive appearances, the first Quaker to do so in more than 30 years.
* Penn has outshot its opponent in all eight games this season, limiting each team to 10 or fewer shots. In total, the Quakers had 85 more shots and 39 more shots on goal than their opponents. They also took 31 more corner kicks.
* Goalkeeper Nick Christoffersen has allowed one goal or less in all eight games this season, as well as 15 of 17 career starts.
* The Quakers are currently ninth in the nation with a +17 goal differential, scoring 2.88 goals per game (sixth in the nation) and allowing just 0.75 goals per game (t-26th in the nation).
* Michael Hewes is tied for second on the team with five goals, all in the last four games.
* Although he has played less than 50 minutes in all eight matches this season, Charlie Gaffney leads the team with five assists, all in the last five games.
* From September 11 to September 25, the Quakers scored at least three goals in four consecutive games, the first such occurrence for the program since the end of the 1982 season/beginning of the 1983 season, and the first occurrence during of the same season since 1973.
* During Head Coach Brian GillIn the four seasons to date, Penn has held 42 of his 56 opponents to one goal or less.