Penn Men's Soccer Gears Up for a Challenging Encounter with Cornell on Saturday

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Penn Men's Soccer Gears Up for a Challenging Encounter with Cornell on Saturday

PHILADELPHIA — With an unblemished home record to uphold, the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team is gearing up for a significant Ivy League showdown against Cornell this Saturday at 5 p.m. at Penn Park.

Penn was the preseason favorite in the Ivy League, as announced by the league office on August 31. The Quakers secured the top spot with 119 voting points from 16 media members, including two from each of the eight Ivy institutions, and collected nine first-place votes. Cornell was ranked second with 115 points and six first-place votes, while Harvard secured the final first-place vote with a total of 87 points, landing in third place. The poll was rounded out by Yale (73 points), Princeton (67), Dartmouth (49), Brown (42), and Columbia (24).

MATCH DAY 9 — PENN (2-3-3, 0-1-1 Ivy League) vs. Cornell (4-2-2, 0-0-2 Ivy League)
Saturday, Oct. 7 | 5 p.m. | Penn Park
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Penn vs. Cornell
Penn holds a commanding series advantage over the Big Red, leading 62-35-14. The most recent victory in the series came last season when Penn triumphed over nationally ranked No. 15/16 Cornell with a 3-2 win in Ithaca. Cornell's last win was in 2021 when they defeated Penn 3-0 in University City.

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Penn faced a road loss last weekend, falling 2-0 to Dartmouth on Saturday night. After failing to register a shot on goal in the first 45 minutes, Dartmouth found momentum in the second half, scoring goals in the 46th and 54th minutes to secure the lead and ultimately the win.
Senior goalkeeper Nick Christoffersen made six crucial saves against Dartmouth's shots on goal, while Stas Korzienowski attempted four shots on the opposing end of the field, leading the Quaker offense in last weekend's road contest.
Korzeniowski and senior Michael Hewes lead the Quakers in goals scored this season with three each, while junior Ben Do leads the team in assists with four.
Christoffersen has been a stalwart in the net for the Quakers this season, boasting a 0.88 goals-against-average and a .741 save percentage.
Penn maintains a flawless home record this season, securing a 3-1 victory against UAlbany on September 16 and playing to a 1-1 draw in the Quakers' Ivy League matchup on September 23.
In the previous season, Penn posted an overall record of 13-3-2 and clinched the Ivy League title with a 6-1-0 record. The Quakers then advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2013 (the 11th time overall), defeating Big Ten Tournament champion Rutgers in the first round with a 3-0 win before falling to the eventual national champion Syracuse in overtime, 2-1. Notably, Penn was the last team to hold a lead against the Orange in the 2022 season.
Penn's 13 overall wins tied for the second-highest in program history, joining the ranks of the 1971, 1973, and 2010 teams. Only the 1972 team (14-1-1) has more.
Penn recorded six Ivy League victories in a season for the first time since 1972, when they clinched the title with a flawless 6-0-1 record. The 1971 squad remains the only Penn team to achieve a perfect 7-0-0 Ivy League record.
Penn boasts several returning standouts from the previous year, led by reigning Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, juniors Korzeniowski and Leo Burney, who both earned these honors during their sophomore year. This marked the first instance since 2013 that teammates swept these honors. The last sophomore to win Ivy Player of the Year before them was Rikki Dadason at Columbia in 1993.

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The junior duo, both recognized as All-Americans last year by the United Soccer Coaches and College Soccer News, has been named to the Hermann Award Watch List, as revealed by the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC). Of the 37 players on the list, they are the sole representatives from the Ivy League.
Over the summer, both players played pivotal roles in Ballard FC's success in USL League 2 play, helping the team secure the title with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Lionsbridge FC on August 5. Korzeniowski scored the opening goal in the match, while Burney played a significant role in setting up the winning goal inside the box.
Korzeniowski, who also scored in Penn's season opener against Fordham, consistently troubled opposing defenses last season, leading the conference with 10 goals and contributing six assists for a total of 26 points, the highest for a Quaker in over 25 years. He concluded the season with goals in five of the team's final seven matches, including four of the last five Ivy League contests.

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Penn also welcomes back junior defender Ben Do, who received an honorable mention All-Ivy and won the Bill Wilkinson Rookie of the Year Award from the Philadelphia Soccer Six in his sophomore year. He started in all 18 matches last season.
Senior Hewes was the third-highest scorer for Penn last season, tallying six goals, while junior Curran was the other multi-goal scorer in 2022.
On the defensive end, Penn benefits from the return of Christoffersen for another season in goal. The Canadian played almost every minute between the posts in 2022, earning second-team All-Ivy honors. He was subsequently selected as the 25th overall pick in the 2022 MLS Super Draft third round (83rd overall) by CF Montréal.
Penn's head coach is Brian Gill, who took the helm in February 2018 after serving as an assistant coach under Rudy Fuller for a year. He was a unanimous choice for Ivy League Coach of the Year last season, and his coaching staff was recognized as the Northeast Region Staff of the Year by the United Soccer Coaches.
Christoffersen and Hewes serve as captains this year, alongside senior Jacob Muchnick and junior Aaron Messer. Christoffersen also held the captaincy last season.

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