Men’s soccer takes on #3 Syracuse in the second round of the NCAA on Sunday

PHILADELPHIA – For the first time in 100 years, the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team meets Syracuse Sunday when the Quakers take on the #3 Orange in the second round of the NCAA championship.

PENN (13-2-2) vs. SYRACUSE (14-2-4)
Second round of the NCAA championship
Sunday November 20, 2022 | 14:00 clock
SU Football Stadium | Syracuse, New York
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The Penn Syracuse series

*The Quakers and Orange met on November 5, 1921 and November 5, 1922 respectively, Penn winning both games 6-1. The teams have not faced each other since then.

Penn in the NCAA Championship

*Penn’s 3-0 first-round win over Rutgers on Thursday marked the program’s first NCAA win since 2010, when they beat Bucknell 1-0 in overtime.

*This is Penn’s first NCAA appearance under head coaching Brian Gilthough Gill is no stranger to NCAA appearances, having made it five times in his seven seasons as a Georgetown assistant from 2010-2016.

All ivy

Penn put seven players on this season’s All-Ivy team, matching the total for the 2010 and 2013 teams that each made NCAAs. Stas Korzeniowski and Leo Burney was named Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, while Gill was unanimously voted Coach of the Year. Isaac McGinnis joined Korzeniowski and Burney in the first team. Nick Christoffersen, Ben Stitchand Jack Rosener were all second team picks; ben do was an honorable mention selection

2022 Common Opponents

Penn and Syracuse played Colgate and Cornell respectively that season. Penn went 2-0 in those games, defeating Colgate 4-1 on Sept. 11 and Cornell 3-2 on Oct. 15. Syracuse went 1-1 in those games, defeated Colgate 2-2 on Sept. 20. 0 and fell to Cornell 2-1 on October 4th.

Penn men’s soccer by the numbers

* Gill has twice defeated Syracuse in the NCAA championship; During his stint as an assistant at Georgetown, the Hoyas defeated the Orange in the third round in both 2012 and 2014.

* Thursday night’s first-round win was Penn’s eighth shutout this season, the highest for the program since the team conceded nine goals in 2010.

* Penn won its 13th game of the season on Thursday, going into a four-way tie with the 2010, 1973 and 1971 teams for the second-most wins in program history, behind only the 1972 team, which ended the season with 14 -0-1 started before they fell in their first game of the NCAAs.

* With 43 goals this season, Penn’s has now scored more goals than any Quaker team in 49 years. The aforementioned 1973 squad hit the back of the net 56 times that fall.

* Either Stitz or Korzeniowski have scored in 12 of Penn’s 17 games this season, with the two scoring all three goals on Thursday night.

* With their picks for Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, Korzeniowski and Leo Burney were the first sophomores to win a major Ivy League year-end honor in 29 years (1993).

* Penn’s won three straight games by shutout for the first time since the end of the 2018 season/start of the 2019 season and the first time in the same season since the team won five straight games by shutout in 2010.

* Penn finished the regular season with a .750 team clean sheet average, 13th in the nation and the only Ivy League team in the top 40.
* The Quakers finished eighth in Division I during the regular season, averaging 2.50 goals per game..

* With a +28 goal difference in the regular season, Penn ranked ninth out of all 203 Division I teams and was one of only two Northeast teams to finish in the top 12 (Quinnipiac).