This Saturday at 1 pm, Penn soccer (1-0) will tackle Lafayette (1-2) in its second recreation of the season, hoping to avenge final yr’s week two loss in opposition to the Leopards. 4 Every day Pennsylvanian Sports activities reporters make their picks forward of the Quakers’ final recreation earlier than starting Ivy competitors.
Penn 21, Lafayette 10 – Eashwar Kantemneni, Deputy Sports activities Editor
Final week was a powerful win for the Quakers, aided by a dominant second half after being down 11 at halftime. I anticipate the Quakers to hold their momentum ahead Saturday to beat the Leopards at Franklin Discipline.
Although Lafayette is likely to be an analogous opponent to Colgate rankings-wise, they’re one which has a familiarity with Penn, having performed the Crimson and Blue final yr, and returning many of the starters on a powerful, veteran protection. Final yr, the Leopards beat the Quakers 24-14, whereas selecting off three passes from then-quarterback John Quinnelly. After one recreation, although, plainly this offense is light-years forward in comparison with final season’s with Sayin and Swanstrom on the helm and might simply benefit from Lafayette’s comparatively weak cross protection this yr.
Defensively, Penn may face some challenges in opposition to the Leopards’ passing assault, but it surely should not be something that the likes of senior defensive backs Jaden Key and Kendren Smith can’t deal with. And like final week, I imagine limiting turnovers will likely be key for the Quakers’ probabilities at victory.
I do suppose that the Quakers will battle considerably out the gate, like final week, however can as soon as once more take over within the second half with a extra open offense and motivated protection.
Penn 31, Lafayette 12 – Brandon Pleasure, Former Senior Sports activities Editor
The Quakers will avenge a disappointing season-opening loss from final yr, this time counting on a powerful quarterback who will construct on a strong efficiency final week. An improved Crimson and Blue protection will shut down a struggling Lafayette offense that’s averaging underneath 10 factors per recreation by way of three contests. With Lafayette beginning freshman quarterback Ryan Schuster, the Leopard assault will stay as much as its identify and be fairly spotty.
Sophomore quarterback Aidan Sayin of the Quakers will make fewer errors than final week, however in simply their second recreation Penn’s offense nonetheless will not be good. Even so, the Quakers’ probabilities will seldom be in jeopardy on Saturday as they use it as a possibility to tune up for the next week’s all-important Ivy-opener versus reigning co-champions Dartmouth on the highway.
Penn 28, Lafayette 10 – Joey Piatt, Senior Sports activities Affiliate
As would be the case for the Quakers’ whole season, Aidan Sayin and the Penn passing recreation would be the largest issue within the workforce’s Saturday matchup with Lafayette.
Final week in opposition to Colgate, the sophomore quarterback unfold the wealth, connecting with 10 completely different Penn receivers. He picked aside the protection with a mixture of quick completions, a lot of which have been directed to junior Joshua Casilli, in addition to chunk passing performs, like his 30-yard connection to junior Sterling Stokes. An identical recipe will likely be key in opposition to an above-average Leopards passing protection; Lafayette ranks 59th within the FCS in passing yards allowed.
One other key will likely be avoiding turnovers. In final season’s 24-14 loss to the Leopards, it was a trio of interceptions that doomed the Quakers.
Anticipate Sayin to steer an environment friendly passing assault, and do not be shocked if he throws for 300+ yards and three touchdowns in a convincing win.
Penn 24, Lafayette 7 – Walker Carnathan, Sports activities Reporter
After a lackluster first-half efficiency in opposition to Colgate final week, the Quaker offense got here alive within the second half to earn a rousing 25-14 victory. However the extra constant unit was the identical one which I imagine will lead Penn to a victory over Lafayette: the protection.
Going again to final season, the Penn cross protection has smothered opposing air assaults, a pattern which continued when Colgate quarterback Michael Brescia managed simply 149 yards passing. Fortunately for the Quakers, Lafayette options one of many extra anemic offensive models in faculty soccer. The Leopards have scored simply 27 factors over their first three video games, and their lone victory got here in a 6-0 snoozer in opposition to Sacred Coronary heart of their season-opener.
Anticipate a dominant exhibiting for the Quaker defensive unit, and search for them to power each their first and second turnovers of the season, each by the use of interception. Offensively, Penn will carry out properly sufficient to earn a cushty victory and head into Ivy League play undefeated.