PHILADELPHIA - After a scoreless first half, No. 14 Penn and Penn State went back and forth in the final half, but the Nittany Lions ended up with the better of the scoreboard, taking a 2-1 win back to State College.
With the loss, the Quakers are now 11-3-0 in 2010 while Penn State moves to 10-5-1.
Penn State got on the board first, taking advantage of a Penn turnover just inside midfield to break the ice. Matheus Braga, the NCAA leader in assists with 12, got in the goal column for the fifth time this season, sending a long shot in from about 35-yards out in the 64th minute. Justin Lee had the assist, forcing the turnover and making the quick pass to Braga.
The goal ended Penn's shutout streak at 549:40 - the second-longest in school history. It took a great goal to end the run, as Braga sent an arching shot just under the crossbar and out of Ben Berg's reach.
The Quakers did not wilt after allowing the goal, coming right back to control play and tie the match. As has so often happened in 2010, Thomas Brandt came through for Penn, heading home a deflection from Christian Barreiro in the 69th minute.
Play picked up even more from that point as Penn had a second life and Penn State looked to recapture a lead it let slip away too quickly. Unfortunately for the Quakers, another unfortunate bounce was the deciding play.
The nation's leading scorer, Corey Hertzog, took a pass and rushed up the left flank to Penn's goal. He moved around a defender and sent a shot past Berg that hit the post. With Nittany Lion attackers converging for the rebound, Zach Barnett quickly went to clear the ball, but his kick went directly off Steven Schlaefer and into the goal for an own goal that proved to be the game-winner.
The contest was a physical one as both teams fought for space to let their skill players get open. Penn finished with 15 fouls to PSU's eight, but the Nittany Lions had a lead in yellow cards, six to two. Hertzog had two of the yellows, resulting in a red with three minutes to play. However, Penn was unable to take advantage of the extra man.
The Quakers are back in Ivy League action Oct. 30 against No. 13 Brown at 7:30 p.m. on Rhodes Field as part of Penn's Homecoming Weekend.