Penn men's soccer is one of five teams kicking off the fall season on Sept. 2, and with a little under a month to go, the team is getting some good press.
- The Quakers were ranked No. 23 in Goal.com's preseason rankings, the only Ivy to appear in the 25-team list. The site's blurb notes that Penn returns four first- or second-team All-Ivy players, as well as top scorer, sophomore Stephen Baker.
- Two players from coach Rudy Fuller's side were listed in topdrawersoccer.com's top 100 professional prospects. Back Jake Levin was ranked No. 24, after he anchored a defense that was second in conference in goals allowed, goals against avg. and shutouts. Penn also tied for 17th nationally in shutout percentage. Dynamic midfielder Christian Barreiro cracked the top 50 at No. 49. Barreiro had five goals and a team-high seven assists last year. Three other Ivy Leaguers made the list, though Penn was the only team to have two players picked.
- Former Penn standout keeper Danny Cepero was named an assistant coach at Florida Gulf Coast University. Cepero will forever be known as the first keeper in MLS history to score a goal, finding the net from 81 yards out on a goal kick. Since leaving Penn in 2007, he spent three years in the New York Red Bulls organization. FGCU is ranked No. 14 in the aforementioned goal.com list.
Penn will play La Salle in their opener, looking to follow-up on last year's success, when the Quakers took advantage of an at-large NCAA tournament bid, beating Bucknell at Rhodes Field before losing to ACC powerhouse Maryland in the second round.
Update: It was also announced Monday that the defending Ivy League champion Penn women's soccer team will be playing a game at PPL park this season. The stadium in Chester, home of MLS' Philadelphia Union, will play host to Penn and Villanova on Sept. 9.
"This is a great opportunity for both programs to showcase ourselves to the local soccer communities," said Penn head coach Darren Ambrose in a statement. "We appreciate being given this chance with Villanova, and are grateful to the Philadelphia Union and PPL Park for making this happen. We are really looking forward to the game."
Penn is 1-11-1 against 'Nova, but the one win was last season, a 3-0 shutout by the Quakers.