Philadelphia Sophomore Ryan Tracy scored his first collegiate goal and senior Stephen Kroculick added his third tally of the season to lift the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Philadelphia Soccer Seven rival Drexel this afternoon. The Quakers (4-2-0) have won their last three games, shutting out opponents in two of those contests.
“I’m really pleased with the contributions of our bench today, especially Jonathon Blackwell, playing in his first collegiate game, Joe Klein and Ryan Tracy. They paid immediate dividends on the first goal of the game,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “It was a good win against a city rival and we now look ahead to a difficult road game against Loyola.”
The Red and Blue came out firing against the Dragons (2-4-0) and got on to the board first at 34:37 on a header by Tracy. Blackwell recorded his first collegiate assist by finding Klein in the left corner whose cross was then headed home by Tracy. The Quakers increased the lead to 2-0 in the 61st minute as Kroculick drew goalie Jim Greco out of the crease for an easy tally in the empty net. Junior John Rhodes was credited with an assist. Sophomore Daniel Cepero recorded his third shutout of the season making two saves. Penn outshot Drexel 13-7 on the day.
The Quakers are back in action on Sept. 29 as they travel to Baltimore, Md. to take on Loyola College. Penn opens Ivy League play on Oct. 2 at Cornell.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.