VILLANOVA, Pa. - The result was eerily familiar for Penn in a Philadelphia Soccer Six matchup with Villanova on Tuesday as a late second-half run from the Wildcats spelled defeat in a 2-1 loss for the Quakers on the Main Line.
As happened in 2012, Penn squandered an early lead as the Wildcats clawed back into the match with two late goals to send the Quakers to their fourth consecutive loss.
Freshman Max Kroschwitz scored the first two goals of his career 4:24 apart in the 76’ and 80’ minutes to provide all the scoring for the Wildcats and erase a Penn lead which had been built midway through the first quarter.
Penn would control the early moments of the match, sending the first five shots of the afternoon towards Villanova’s goal. Stephen Baker had the best chances of the early happenings, sending two successive shots in a span of six seconds in the 3’. His first look was blocked by a defender before his second chance was saved by Andrew Weakly.
Holding an early 9-2 advantage in shots, Duke Lacroix made Penn’s tenth attempt count as he was the beneficiary of a strong run down the left side and eluded Villanova defenders before serving a low cross to the box which Duke Lacroix got a boot on for his second goal of the season in the 30’. The Quakers had a quick opportunity to add a second goal, but Alec Neumann was just wide on a shot under a minute later.
Early in the second half, Penn brought pressure to hunt the second goal. The Red and Blue earned two quick corners in the 47’, Austin Kinn getting a head on a Baker serve which was denied only by a Weakly save.
In the 71’, Lacroix had a chance to add to his goal total, getting a shot off following an Alex Reddy corner kick, but again Weakly was game and ready for the save. Just over five minutes later, Dylan Renna would maneuver down the right flank and send a ball to the penalty area where Max Kroschwitz would redirect it in to knot the match, 1-1.
Little less than five minutes later, Villanova took the lead on Kroschwitz’s second of the game. After the Quakers couldn’t capitalize on a yellow card to ‘Nova and the ensuing free kick, Sean Sheridan launched a ball to the box which was won by Kroschwitz and sent to the right post for the difference maker.
Sam Hayward had a chance to tie the match for Penn in the 86’, finding space and getting one last quality shot on goal for the Quakers, but Weakly was ready and made his ninth save of the match.
Penn had the edge in shots, 23-10, and had 10 shots on goal to eight for the Wildcats.
Baker took six of Penn’s shots, with just one reaching goal. Lacroix and Louis Schott each had two shots on goal.
Tyler Kinn made six saves, tying his career high.
The Red and Blue return to Rhodes Field on Friday to take on Florida Gulf Coast in the first-ever meeting between the two schools at 7 p.m.