PRINCETON, N.J.--Senior Andrew Ferry notched two goals to lead the Penn men's soccer team to victory over Seton Hall. Senior keeper Drew Healy made eight saves in the match for his third consecutive shutout. With the win, Penn not only remained unbeaten at 2-0-1, but un-scored upon and deliveredSeton Hall's first loss of the season. The Pirates fell to 4-1 in the first game of the Princeton Invitational.
"This game was a great win for our program, obviously," said Head Coach Rudy Fuller. "We were able to come in and shut down a very dangerous team and I think this is the best we've play thus far. That said, we did see things we need to tighten up on and have just one day to prepare for a good American team."
When the first 45 minutes had expired, neither team had scored, but both had seen their share of chances. Among them were near misses for Chrisitan Barreiro and Loukas Tasigianis. The Penn defense thwarted all of SHU's advances including three saves for Healy.
The second half ramped up with21 shots between the two teams evenly distributed, 11 for Penn and 10 for SHU. The difference here is the two that hit the net for Penn and the eight saves for Healy, tying his career-best.
After 60 exciting minutes, Penn got its reward. Sophomore Aaron Ross put the ball into play and while the defense attempted to clear the ball it landed at Ferry's feet. The senior smoothly lifted the ball to the upper left side and put the Quakers on the board.
Fifteen minutes later Ferry found himself in front of the goal again. Again delivered from the left, this time off the foot of newcomer Nick Unger. Just three minutes after subbing in, Unger served from the left corner to Ferry, 10 yards out. He sent it back to the upper left for the team's second tally.
Ferry's two-goal performance was his second multi-goal game of his career, finishing two against Saint Joseph's last season.
For SHU, the team entered the game with the sixth-best offense in the nation and the NSCAA national player of the week, Samuel Patrone, who save a few dangerous looks, was silenced by the Penn defense. One such chance for Patrone was in the 70th minute when he rocked a shot past Healy. A goal on any other day, senior defender Alex Fairman stepped in, intercepting the line and kicking it high away from the goal.
In net for SHU, Paul McHenry made three saves in the loss.
Penn returns to Princeton Sunday for the second game of the Princeton Invitational against American at noon.