Men's Soccer Equalizes Late, Battles Lehigh to 1-1 Draw

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. - For the fifth time in six games, the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team battled to extra time, equalizing on a late goal by Austin Kuhn in the 86th minute to tie the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on the road.

The home team was the aggressor early on, threatening to score on the Quakers (1-1-4) several times but the backline of the Red and Blue head steady, while goalkeeper Etan Mabourakh displayed his prowess in the net, closing the opening period with a strong save on a point blank opportunity.

Penn battled back early in the second, dominating on its half of the pitch with strong attacks against the Lehigh defense, just barely missing several opportunities to take the goal advantage. With time dwindling down, Lehigh was able to score in the 85th minute on a pass back from Mark Forrest to Jack Miskel, putting the Mountain Hawks up 1-0.

Much like they have all season, the Quakers bounced back quickly, advancing the ball and netting a goal just over 40 seconds later as freshman Dami Omitaomu crossed the ball from right of the goal, finding a sprinting Kuhn who put the finishing touches on the play. 

The match then proceeded to head to overtime, a common theme for Penn on the year, and Kuhn picked up where he left off, nearly sending home the game winner on a shot just wide left. The best chance to end things on a golden goal came in the 106th minute, as the Quakers sent a shot off a set piece into the back of the net, only for it to be called back by the man in the middle for offsides.

The Quakers return to action at home on Saturday, Sept. 24 facing the Drexel Dragons at 7 p.m.