PRINCETON, N.J. - The Penn men's soccer team scored late in regulation and pushed the play down the stretch, but two Princeton goals -- one in each half -- proved too much to overcome and the No. 16 Tigers defeated the No. 13 Quakers, 2-1.
With the win, Princeton has clinched a share of the Ivy League title at 6-0-0; the Tigers (12-3-1 overall) can clinch the title outright with a win or tie next Saturday at Yale. Penn (12-4-0, 5-1-0 Ivy) hosts Harvard, and needs a win and a Princeton loss to gain a share of the crown.
In front of a capacity crowd at the Tigers' Roberts Stadium, Princeton took the action to Penn early on, but it wasn't until the match passed the half-hour mark that the Tigers got on the scoreboard. A corner kick by Teddy Schneider ended up as a shot on goal by Lester Nare, and then Benjamin Burton headed in the rebound.
Princeton outshot Penn, 10-5, in the opening stanza and forced Ben Berg to make three saves.
The Tigers doubled their lead in the 71st minute when Antoine Hoppenot scored. Penn was pushing the action, looking to tie the match when the Tigers caught the Quakers and started back in transition. Josh Walburn and Manny Sardinia started the play, finding Hoppenot down the left flank. He burst past the Penn defender and sent a shot top corner for the second strike.
Penn really pressed the play at that point -- the Quakers would outshoot the Tigers, 15-4, in the second stanza -- but only two of them went on goal.
Thomas Brandt made things interesting with 4:11 left in regulation. He scored his fifth goal of the season from just inside the box, after Christian Barreiro sent a pass up the left side with Penn sending all 10 field players on attack.
Penn had a few more chances in the final few minutes, but time ran out on the Quakers and the second celebration of the night on Myslik Field was Princeton's.
Berg finished the night with six saves, while Sean Lynch was forced to make two saves in the Princeton goal. Tobi Olopade came off the bench and had a strong night up front, creating all kinds of havoc and getting off six shots to lead the Quakers. Christian Barreiro had five shots.
Penn's regular-season finale with Harvard will kick off at 5 p.m. on Rhodes Field.