Washington, D.C. Sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Cepero stopped a career-high 11 shots but it was not enough as the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer was edged by American University, 2-1, in overtime this afternoon.
“It’s a disappointing result after being up with seven minutes to play,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “We came out and played well at the start and we thought we had it under control the rest of the way. But you have to give American credit. They scored a good goal to tie it and a good goal off a corner kick in overtime to win it.”
Senior Stephen Kroculick gave the Quakers (6-7-2, 2-2-1 Ivy League) an early 1-0 lead as he put home an Artie Bartholomew pass at the 24 minute mark. The goal was Kroculick’s fifth of the season. Penn was able to keep the Eagles (11-5-2) of the scoreboard for the majority of the game, but American tied the score at 83:19 on a goal by Shawn Kendall. The two teams battled into overtime but the Eagles prevailed on a header by David Marut after a Nick Zaron corner. American outshot the Red and Blue, 23-4, and held a 9-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Quakers resume Ivy League play on Nov. 6 as they travel to Princeton. Penn closes the 2004 campaign on Nov. 13 as Harvard visits Rhodes Field at 1 p.m. for a Senior Day match-up.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.