Men's Soccer Stumbles On The Road to Dartmouth

Penn-Dartmouth Box Score (PDF)

HANOVER, N.H. - The University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team dropped a tough road contest on Saturday evening, falling by a final score of 4-1 to Dartmouth. 

How it Happened
The Quakers (3-3-5, 1-2 Ivy) found themselves in an early hole against the Big Green, as the home team vaulted ahead in the sixth minute on the third goal of the season from Noah Paravicini. Paravicini's goal was the first shot of the evening for either squad. Dartmouth continued to dominate possession to end the first period, before Penn nearly capitalized on two corner kicks in the waning minutes of the half. 

Entering the second half down 1-0, the Red and Blue found themselves stumbling out of the gates again to the Big Green, who again notched a score on their first shot of the period, this time from Jonathan Nierenberg. Before Penn could record its first real offensive threat, Dartmouth was on the attack again, scoring for a third time in the 60th minute on a goal from Emmanuel Arteaga. 

Matt Poplawski got the Quakers on the scoreboard in the 72nd minute for his third goal of the season. Erumuse Momoh found the senior, who finished in the back of the net to cut the Dartmouth lead to two. The Big Green would stretching back to three just minutes later, taking advantage of a penalty kick opportunity in the 78th minute for their fourth and final goal of the game. 

Inside the Numbers
Saturday's result was the first in three games for senior captain Alec Neumann in which the New Hope, Pa. native failed to score a goal. Neumann had scored five goals in his previous three contests. 

Poplawski now sits third on the squad in points on the year, with seven. The Bellevue, Wash. native owns three goals and one assist this fall. 

Five different Penn players tallied all five of the Quakers' shots on the night. Penn was outshot by a margin of 12-5, but the Red and Blue held the advantage on corner kicks, 8-4. 

Sophomore Etan Mabourakh tallied four saves on the evening between the pipes. 

What's Next?
The Quakers will return to Philadelphia next week, this time for a road matchup against Philadelphia Soccer Six rival Villanova on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m.