The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team started off Ivy League play with a bang yesterday, defeating rival Cornell on the road in a back-and-forth overtime affair.
Right from the opening whistle, the intensity and importance of the match was on display with fouls and cards being assessed evenly to both sides.
Until two weeks ago, Penn men’s soccer had drawn the most matches in the country. Almost entirely unbeaten, the Quakers were also winless.
Penn men’s soccer head coach Rudy Fuller has had dozens of assistant coaches in his tenure at the school since his arrival 19 years ago. And out of that cast, in a true testament to Fuller’s leadership and coaching prowess, four of them have become head coaches — either at other D-I programs, or professionally.
“Ivies are another level” Coach Fuller said during his preparation for his team’s next big game.
This Sunday at 4 pm, Penn’s men’s soccer team will be heading up to Ithaca to face Cornell.
It took them seven games, but Penn men's soccer finally got it done in regulation Saturday. Emphatically.
An old foe but a new attitude.
On Saturday at 7pm, Penn men’s soccer welcomes cross-town opponent Drexel for the 42nd installment of a rivalry that, as coach Rudy Fuller puts it, is “unique.”
What makes the Drexel-Penn rivalry so unique?
Penn men’s soccer followed I-476 with the goal of reaching Bethlehem. But, unlike the three wise men, their purpose was to take and not to give.
On Saturday, the players and coaches of Penn men’s soccer were greeted by friendly faces on their opponent’s sideline.
In 2008 and 2013, Rob Irvine was on the sideline as the Penn men’s soccer team won the Ivy League Championship.
A trip to Nebraska is an intriguing prospect. It’s hard to know what to expect — there’s really not a whole lot there.
Except for an NCAA powerhouse in men’s soccer, that is.
A week into the year, it's time to say definitively who is good and who is not. What has impressed you most so far from Penn Athletics?
Penn men’s soccer, still nursing the wounds of last season, nevertheless enters a new year with optimism and a set of fresh, young faces who will look to make their mark on the field.
Two games into the 2016 season, Penn men’s soccer is undefeated. It’s also winless.
2015 was a year to forget for Penn men’s soccer.
Three wins from 16 games, including just one against a conference opponent.
After a stellar start to the 2016 season, Penn men’s soccer will be looking to this weekend’s trip to Nebraska as an opportunity to assess the team’s improvement and depth.
This Friday’s contest against #8 Creighton (1-1-0) followed by Sunday’s clash against University of Nebraska Omaha (2-1-0) provide two difficult matches in three days, the only time this season that the Quakers (0-0-2) will have such a short turnaround.
Interestingly, the two Nebraska universities will come into the weekend having played each other in their most recent game, Monday night.
It seems the lack of success last year can be attributed to two main points: youth and injuries to the team’s few experienced leaders.
In 2016, look for those issues to be almost completely resolved.
You know the old saying, “new year, new me?”
Well, Penn men’s soccer is taking that to heart this brand new season.
Flip back the calendar a year, and the Quakers limped out of a 4-0 loss to high-power American University team.
For those of you who were watching, and/or mesmerized by, the Copa America Centanario, you’ll have noticed a few things.
The Copa America is now in knockout mode, with the preliminary stages of the competition now finished.
But last weekend, the tournament certainly had knockout vibes running throughout Philly as three teams said goodbye to their Copa America dreams.
As William Shakespeare once said, “All’s well that ends well.” Butor Penn men’s soccer, there would be no such redemption.