Brandt's Hat Trick Caps Wild Win at Harvard

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Thomas Brandt just had to go out this way.

A two-year captain of the Penn Quakers, he exemplified why he dons the armband on Saturday night, scoring all three goals in a wild 3-2 win for Penn in double overtime over Harvard.

The hat trick was the first for a Penn player since Steve Marcinkiewicz scored three times at Temple on Oct. 31, 1995.

After Penn hit two posts, went wide twice and had a fifth shot saved in the first 12 minutes of extra time, Brandt connected on a corner kick from his classmate Christian Barreiro for the golden goal in the 103rd minute. Brandt deftly snuck his foot on the entry, sliding it five-hole on Harvard keeper Austin Harms to ignite the Penn celebration.

How the two sides got to overtime is a tale that navigates through red cards, penalty kicks, whole-team scrums and amazing athletic plays.

In the 17th minute, Penn's Travis Cantrell was upended viciously by Harvard's Pascal Mensah at midfield. The hard tackle earned Mensah a straight red card and Penn a man advantage the rest of the match.

Normally, playing 11v10 favors the team with the man-up, and in the end it did for Penn. However, the first goal of the match came in favor of the Crimson.

In the 21st minute, Tsiu Moorosi came in on Penn's center backs and went to the ground just inside the penalty area. Instead of a clean tackle, Penn was called for a foul and Scott Prozeller deposited it low to the right post for a 1-0 Harvard lead.

Penn's coaches reminded the Quakers at halftime that the goals would come and to keep pressing. It took a majority of the final 45', but the advice was finally heeded.

Brandt's first goal of the game came on a header in the 81', finishing off a Nick Unger lob. Unger played a well-taken cross into the box from the left side and about 25 yards out. Penn had a good chance on the start of the play, with Agyeman Botchway sending a pass through to the box, but Christian Barreiro couldn't get a foot on it.

Barreiro did get a foot on a corner kick just under two minutes later, sending the ball in to Botchway who flicked it to Brandt for the sliding touch to the back of the net to give Penn a 2-1 lead.

The Quakers attempted to clamp down on defense and run out the clock, but the Crimson had one last stand in them.

With time winding down, Harvard tied it on a header from Tim Schmoll with 57 seconds to play. The goal came on a charging header off a restart for the Crimson. Botchway was called for an intentional hand ball at about the 19-yard line and Ross Friedman lined up the free kick through an unorganized Penn wall that Schmoll won the race to.

The game got a bit feisty earlier in the second half when Jake Levin and Schmoll got tangled near midfield. All the players on both sides came together and exchanged words, but no cards were issued. That sequence was a microcosm of the game which featured 24 total fouls and four cards - three yellow and a red which were all issued to the Crimson.

Tyler Kinn finished with two saves in the win for Penn while Harms had seven stops for the Crimson. Penn ends its season at 8-7-2 and 3-4-0 inside the Ivy League. Harvard finishes up at 2-12-3 and 0-6-1 in the League.

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