June 19, 2013

Widener to host doubleheader at PPL Park

Derek Brubaker scored the equalizer for Widener in the 2010 PPL Park game.
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Widener's soccer teams make a return trip to PPL Park in Chester as part of a doubleheader Oct. 11 at the home of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union.

The Pride will face Lycoming with the women's game starting at 5:00 pm and the men's contest beginning at 7:30 pm. This marks the third time in four years Widener's soccer teams will play a doubleheader at PPL Park.

Widener in 2010 and 2011 had the privilege of competing in the stadium during its first two seasons, attracting crowd over 1,000 spectators each time.

The 2010 event saw Widener's women's team notch a 1-0 victory over Wilkes with rising senior Victoria Batter scoring the first collegiate goal in PPL Park history. The men rallied that night for a 2-2 draw vs. Neumann as now-senior Derek Brubaker netted the tying goal for the Pride.

The women returned in 2011 to post a 3-0 triumph over Lycoming with present-senior Karen Thomas scoring in the second minute off a feed from present-junior Jenna Pedrick Jenna Pedrick.

The games serve as a tremendous opportunity for Widener University, which entered a partnership as the official university of the Philadelphia Union, PPL Park and the Union's youth soccer partner partners, EPYSA and DYSA. The multi-tiered partnership that includes signage, television and web advertising spots not only aims to promote the growth of youth soccer in Chester but also to increase awareness of Widener University and its undergraduate and graduate academic programs.

PPL Park features a picturesque view of the Commodore Barry Bridge as well as the Delaware River. An average of more than 18,000 fans have seen the Union compete at the stadium the first three seasons.

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