PROVIDENCE – Penn was able to mount a comeback in regulation to force overtime in a road Ivy League match at Brown, but a dominant overtime for the Quakers was negated by a well-placed shot from Daniel Taylor in the 105’ in a 2-1 loss for the Quakers in double overtime.
After trailing in the first half, Penn outshot the Bears, 15-3 over the final 59 minutes of action. It was Daniel Taylor who took Brown’s first shot on goal since the opening period, sending a ball inside the right post through traffic following a pass from Voltaire Escalona who tracked down a loose ball deep in the left corner and dribbled his way back to the center of the field.
For the second weekend in a row, Penn had to rally to force overtime while trying to stay in first place in the Ivy League.
The Ivy League’s leading scorer, Duke Lacroix, brought Penn level with his seventh goal of the season in the 78’. Lacroix finished off a nice sequence for the Quakers, getting a boot on a Jonny Dolezal cross from the right side. Lacroix was wide open, and tapped in the ball with no one around. The play started for Penn on a booming punt from Tyler Kinn after Brown was close to getting a good look at a second goal, but the corner serviced curled out of bounds before the Bears could re-cross back to the box.
Penn was dominant in the second half, fighting for the tying goal. Penn took 10 shots to just one for the Bears, and earned six corners to just two for Brown in the second half.
Lacroix almost won the game in the 87’, his shot from 15 yards out knuckling to the left and forcing Josh Weiner to make a diving save.
A tightly-played first half saw the first goal of the match go to Brown on a goal from Voltaire Escalona in the 32’. Escalona scored his third goal of the season on a strike from 20 yards out which snuck inside the right post. Alex Markes had the assist on the goal, slipping a pass through Penn’s defense which found Escalona’ foot in open space.
Penn had a 5-2 edge in shots on goal during overtime, Alec Neumann having a great chance in the 95’, finding open space to send a shot to the right which was just outside the post. Moments later, Kamar Saint-Louis had an aggressive run, charging to the center of the box and taking a shot which was blocked wide by a Brown defender. The ensuing corner found the head of Louis Schott, but sailed wide. In the 100’, Jonny Dolezal flicked a ball over a defender’s head and got a boot on the ball in mid-air, just missing high.
Early in the second overtime, Lacroix nearly won the match with a nifty steal from a Brown defender. Lacroix then dribbled around the defender and was 1v1 with the keeper from in tight, but ran out of real estate and settled for a corner. Neumann again had a chance on a corner, but he was too far from goal and his attempt was easily scooped up.
Penn falls to 6-8-2 overall in 2013 and 3-1-1 in the Ivy League. The Quakers are tied with Princeton at 10 points in the Ivy League, currently in first place with Harvard (nine points) yet to play this weekend. Brown moves to 6-6-3 and 2-1-2 in the Ivy League, climbing right back into the Ivy League with eight points.
The Red and Blue and Princeton will meet next Saturday at 4 p.m. at Rhodes Field as part of Homecoming Weekend.