Ambler, Pa. The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team defeated cross-town rival Temple University, 1-0, Tuesday afternoon in the Quakers’ season debut.
The Quakers (1-0) got the game-winning goal from freshman Mike Klein in the 80th minute when he spun off a defender and slotted home a pass from freshman Kevin Unger. Ironically, Klein and Unger were both making their debuts in the Red and Blue after playing together as high school teammates at Marquette in Milwaukee, Wis.
The Owls (0-3) dropped their third game in a row to start the season. The Penn defense held Temple without a shot in the second half, and the Quakers outshot the Owls 10-4 overall. Penn also held an 8-6 edge in corner kicks.
Junior goalkeeper Dan Cepero earned the shutout in goal, making three saves. Bryant Hosler made two saves in goal for the Owls.
“It’s always important to start the season on the right foot,” said Head Coach Rudy Fuller. “Today was a difficult game, but it was a great win for us.”
Penn returns to action on Sept. 9 when it hosts Villanova at 2:30 p.m. as part of the Penn Soccer Classic.
-Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant