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.
It's been a rough season for the Quakers, but they'll certainly be entering their final home game of the year on a high note.
Country roads are taking the Quakers away from home down to West Virginia.
For Penn men’s soccer, missing out on the Ivy League championship does not mean the season is over.
Unfortunately, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, not soccer.
As noted poet Rocky Balboa once said: “When you get knocked down, get back up and keep moving forward.”
Responding to failure is a vital process in sports at all levels.
Two Penn freshman – football’s Christian Pearson and women’s soccer’s Sasha Stevens – were named the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Week in their respective sports Monday.
Even if you were at yesterday’s game supporting the Big Green, you felt the disappointment and saw the frustration on the faces of Penn men’s soccer after 88 solid minutes of play without a score on either side ultimately gave way to a 1-0 Red and Blue defeat.
Soccer is without doubt the world’s sport.
Outside the United States, the majority of athletes grow up playing soccer at some point in their lives.
A lapse in concentration and a few wasted opportunities.
For Penn men’s soccer, 2015 has been a tale of two seasons.