NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team ended their third and final game of a three-game road swing back in the win column, blanking Yale by a score of 3-0 Saturday night. Dami Omitaomu, Gideon Metrikin and Alec Neumann each tallied goals for the Red and Blue.
How it Happened
The Quakers (4-4-5, 2-2 Ivy) shot out to a quick start with a goal in the sixth minute, on a cross from Erumuse Momoh to Omitaomu deep in the box who finished past the Bulldog goalie. The strike was the quickest all season for Penn.
Play ran back-and-forth between both sides after the early strike for the visitors before the Red and Blue added another, this time from Metrikin on a feed from Joe Swenson. Swenson found Metrikin with room on the outside of the box and the sophomore hammered home the ball for his first career goal.
After the break, Penn held solid control of possession and added one final score in the 65th minute, this time from the team-leading goal scorer Neumann on a majestic pass from Marc Kaizi-Lutu. Kaizi-Lutu found Neumann centered in front of the goal at the top of the box who one-timed it past the goalkeeper for his eighth goal of the season, second-most in the Ivy League.
Inside the Numbers
With the victory, Penn notched its first shutout of an Ivy League opponent since last year's contest at home against Cornell, a 2-0 Quaker win. The Quakers own two wins over Ancient Eight opponents for the first time since 2014. Saturday's win over the Bulldogs is the first over Yale since 2013 for Penn who has battled to draws in both 2014 and 2015.
The 3-0 win is the largest for Penn over an Ivy League opponent since Oct. 16, 2013 in what was also a 3-0 victory over Dartmouth.
Kaizi-Lutu's assist to Neumann on Penn's final goal of the night marked the first point of the season for the junior.
With Omitaomu and Metrkin's goals against the Bulldogs, Penn now boasts eight different goal scorers on the fall.
After a number of games in which Penn outshot its opponent but failed to win in the goal-scoring column, fortunes reversed for the Quakers against Yale. The Bulldogs finished the game with an 11-6 advantage in shots and a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks, however the Red and Blue won the most important battle with three goals.
Sophomore Etan Mabourakh returned to goal for the Quakers, playing all 90 minutes between the pipes and notching his second shutout of the season. The Plantation, Fla. native collected four saves in the win.
The Quakers will return to Rhodes Field after a three-game road swing, taking a break from Ivy League action for a midweek battle against West Virginia on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.