Two Quakers pick up Ivy Player of the Week awards

Emily Sands of the women’s soccer team and Taheeb Sonekan of the football team were both honored by the conference for their outstanding performances.

Emily Sands
Emily Sands, a midfielder on the women’s soccer team.

Midfielder Emily Sands of the women’s soccer team and defensive lineman Taheeb Sonekan of the football team have been selected by the conference as Ivy League Player of the Week and Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively.

A junior from West Chester, Pa., Sands collected her fifth game-winning goal of the season on Friday in a 1-0 victory over Columbia at Rhodes Field. On Monday, she scored another match-winner in the second overtime of a 1-0 defeat of Lehigh.

Sands is the leading goal-scorer (6) and point-scorer (14) for the Quakers, whose 9-1-1 start is the best in program history.

Taheeb Sonekan
Taheeb Sonekan, a defensive lineman on the football team. 

Sonekan, a junior from Bowie, Md., had two blocked field goals in Penn’s 31-27, come-from-behind win over Sacred Heart on Saturday, which tied an FCS record. He blocked a 44-yard attempt and a 33-yard try, both in the second quarter. His feat marked the first time in Penn football’s 142 seasons that a Quaker player has blocked two field goals in one game.

The women’s soccer team looks for its fourth straight win and ninth straight game without a loss on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Dartmouth.

At 1 p.m. on Saturday, the football team takes on Columbia at Franklin Field.