PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men's soccer team tallied a 2-1 win and wrapped up the game just minutes before heavy rain and lightening descended on Rhodes Field. Penn extended it's winning streak to three and improved to 4-4-2 on the season. American fell to 4-6-2 on the season.
American struck first with a goal from Cameron Petty in the 17th minute. Penn locked down on defense after allowing the goal and did not allow another, or many other scoring chances through the remaining 73 minutes. The Eagles were only able to put three more shots on goal during that time with junior goalkeeper Drew Healy making the save each time. AU keeper Chris Sedlak made six saves in the match.
Penn upped its offensive efforts and out-shot the Eagles 8-3 in the half and 16-5 in the match. The Red and Blue's effort paid off with just 11 seconds left in the first half.
Junior transfer, Richard Frank took a good run from the left side, leading his defender, but his shot is deflected. Senior Derek Hobson has a go at the goal, but Sedlak is there for the save. Finally, newcomer Loukas Tasigianis pounds it to the back of the net and ties the game heading into the break.
With momentum on the Quakers' side, they take control of the second half, but are too eager and are called offsides three times in the second stanza.
At 63:58, Omid Shokoufandeh beat his man and made the pass to Hobson who scored his second goal of the season and the match-winner for Penn.
The rain started with 25 minutes remaining in regulation and provided new challenges for both sides. Despite some sliding plays in dangerous territory, neither team was able to score again and Penn claimed the win.
The Quakers will be back at Rhodes Field to host Dartmouth in an Ivy League battle, Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. following the Penn women's game vs. Dartmouth at 5 p.m.