PHILADELPHIA – Senior Night for the University of Pennsylvania’s men’s soccer team afforded the program’s fans to celebrate the five seniors who helped deliver the 2013 Ivy League championship to University City and whose careers helped elevate the program to new heights.
A pregame ceremony honored Jason deFaria, Mariano Gonzalez-Guerineau, Duke Lacroix, Kamar Saint-Louis and Louis Schott, and each started the match and played more than two-thirds in a 1-0 loss to Harvard.
The Quakers and Crimson went back and forth on a frigid night at Rhodes Field, but it was a Christian Sady header in the 89th minute which was the difference maker. Jake Freeman sent the original ball into the mixer, and Louis Schott cleared it off the crossbar and Max Polkinhorne would punch it away. The clearance found the head of Sady, though, and he curled a header just over the goal line with 1:24 to play.
The Red and Blue had the edge in shots, 20-13, and an 8-3 lead in shots on goal. Four of Penn’s seniors had at least one shot, including Lacroix who had a game-high six and had three reach goal. Gonzalez had two shots on goal, while Alec Neumann added three.
Both defenses were active in stepping into traffic to deny shots, with a total of 11 shots blocked in the game – six by the Crimson and four by the Quakers.
Penn finishes the 2014 season with a 6-9-2 record and a 2-3-2 mark in the Ivy League. Harvard concludes the season with an 11-4-2 record and a 4-1-2 Ivy mark.