Brandt's Early Strike Powers No. 17 Men's Soccer Past Dartmouth

Penn 1, Dartmouth 0 Box Score

HANOVER, N.H. – No. 17 Penn didn’t get away from its recent stretch of winning games 1-0 in its match against Dartmouth in Hanover on Saturday, but the Quakers changed it up a bit with an early strike to down the Big Green.

Junior tri-captain Thomas Brandt pounced on a rebound of a Christian Barreiro free kick in the fourth minute to give the Quakers all the scoring they would need. The score was his third of 2010 and his second game-winner.

While his goal – the lone goal of the contest – obviously carried some weight in the final outcome, to discount Brandt’s contributions on the defensive end would be a gross oversight.

The center back played the full 90 minutes, partnering with goalkeeper Ben Berg to turn aside all nine of Dartmouth’s corner kicks and forcing the Big Green to only mount two shots on goal.

“Thomas was phenomenal today for us,” head coach Rudy Fuller said. “Obviously, he had the game-winner, but the job he did on defense against a potent Dartmouth attack was top-notch.”

Brandt, Berg and the rest of the Penn defense recorded their sixth clean sheet of the season. The Quakers have now won their last four matches by 1-0 scores and Berg is in the midst of a 395:52 streak of not allowing a goal.

The defense came up with its biggest plays of the match in the final five minutes, with a clear on three Dartmouth corners in the final moments. After Berg went out of bounds going to stop a cross, Aaron Ross marked Lucky Mkosana on the ensuing corner to prevent a clean attempt. In the 88th minute, Penn bounced one corner back out behind the goal to give Dartmouth another right away. That corner led to a Teo Larsson-Sax header from point-blank range, but Berg made his biggest stop of the match.

The Quakers improve to 10-2-0 overall in 2010 and are 3-0-0 in the Ivy League. Dartmouth falls to 5-4-1 and 1-2-0 in the Ancient Eight. Penn is back on the pitch Oct. 23 at Yale at 7 p.m.

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