PHILADELPHIA--Marking its seventh consecutive shutout, the Penn men's soccer team defeated its in-state rival Penn State, 3-0, Wednesday night at Rhodes Field. The Quakers improved to 5-0-2 while the Nittany Lions fell to 2-5-2 on the season.
The Quakers took about 15 minutes to warm-up in the game, but then it wasn't long before seniors Alex Grendi and Andrew Ferry connected for the first tally. Ferry fed the ball to Grendi on the right side. He shot the ball and notched his first goal of the season.
About four minutes later it was Ferry's turn. Omid Shokoufandeh and Brian Mascarenhas worked the ball out of the midfield and drew PSU goalkeeper Liam Fitzwater off his line. Ferry pressured the ball well and won the one-on-one with Fitzwater and easily knocked in Penn's second goal.
After the half, PSU adjusted its game plan and gave Penn some challenges. Controlling a good portion of the second half, the Nittany Lions kept the Red and Blue's backline busy and Penn keeper Drew Healy made one save.
Healy had two saves in his seventh shutout of the season. Fitzwater made four for PSU.
After spending a good bit of time defending, Penn broke through and iced the game in the 87th minute with a score from Kevin Unger. He blasted a shot from center and scored his second goal of the season.
The Quakers are in action again Sunday in their first Philadelphia Soccer Seven match of the season. Penn will travel to play Temple at 3:30 p.m. at the Ambler Sports Complex in Ambler, Pa.