Klein's OT Winner Propels Men's Soccer, 1-0

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NEW YORK- Freshman Mike Klein scored the game-winning goal in theninth minute of overtime, and the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team overcame Columbia, 1-0, in a driving rain.

Klein's goal, his fourth of the season, upped the Quakers' record to 7-2 overall and 1-1 in Ivy League play. Columbia (3-8, 0-2) lostits fourth straight game. It was the first overtimematch of the season for Penn.

Junior goalkeeper Dan Cepero made several spectacular saves to preserve the 0-0 scoreline going into overtime. He first poked away a header by the Lions' Ajene Green in the 64th minute, and then had to backpedal to make a leaping save of Sekou Cox's 30-yard blast in the 82nd minute.

In overtime, Penn drew a corner kick 21 seconds into the period and got two shots off, but it wasn't until the 99th minute that Klein collected a rebound and buried the game-winner.

"It was a tremendous result for our team," said Penn head coach Rudy Fuller. "It was critical that we won, and to do it under the conditions we had out there today is a testament to the players'character and determination. Our guys battled the entire time and were rewarded with the win."

Penn held an 18-13 advantage in shots, while Columbia led 8-6 in corners. Cepero made three saves to pick up his sixth shutout of the season. Counterpart Michael Testa made five saves in the losing effort.

The Quakers return to action on Tuesday when they travel to Seton Hall for a 3 p.m. start.

Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant