PHILADELPHIA - A tough midweek match against in-city foe Villanova got the best of the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team, as the Quakers fell to the Wildcats by a score of 4-0.
Penn (3-4-5, 1-2 Ivy) managed to dominate possession and in turn outshot the home team by a margin of 16-7 but was unable to find the back of the net, unlike its opponent who took advantage of nearly every opportunity it found in the offensive third.
How it Happened
The first half saw Penn control possession throughout the majority of the 45 minutes, however Villanova made the most of its only two shots within the first 19 minutes, turning each into a goal, both off set pieces. The first, in the 12th minute, came after a foul to the left of the goal outside the box, sent in by Miguel Polley and hit home by Eric McKenna. Just six minutes later, the Quakers where whistled again, this time just feet outside the box on the right, and the Wildcats converted again, this time on a tally from Lucas Hodges.
After the break, the Red and Blue were able to push the issue with a few early shots, but once again were stymied by the Nova back line. On Villanova's first real chance of the half, the Cats took advantage of a breakaway chance in the box and Polley finished strong past the goalkeeper Nick Savino. The final score of the afternoon came in the 70th minute from Lucas Hodges. With the win, Villanova earns the Philadelphia Soccer Six crown while Penn drops its first contest to a local team this season.
Inside the Numbers
With the result, Penn broke a streak of eight straight-games with goals scored. The only other game in which the Red and Blue had failed to notch a goal was a 3-0 loss to then 14th-ranked Creighton, also on the road.
Six substitutes came into the game throughout the 90 minutes for Penn, including a season-high in minutes from Teddie Levenfiche and Promise Adebayo-Ige. Marc Kaizi-Lutu tried his luck with three shots on the game, tied for the team-lead with Alec Neumann. 10 different Quakers recorded at least one shot against the Wildcats.
Fifth-year senior Savino made his first start of the year in goal for Penn.
Penn returns to Ivy League action this weekend, set for its third-straight road contest, this time against Yale in New Haven, Conn. The Quakers and Bulldogs will kickoff at 7 p.m. live on the Ivy League Digital Network.