NEW HAVEN, Conn.--The University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team shut out Yale, 1-0 in New Haven, Conn. Saturday night. For the second straight match, junior Keith Vereb tallied the Quakers' goal. Scoringat 3:04,Penn held the Bulldogs at bay for the rest of regulation to retain a share of the lead in the Ivy League. The Red and Blue and improved to 8-4-1 overall and 4-1-0 in Ivy play while the Elis dropped to 4-9-1 (1-4-0 Ivy).
Ranked sixth in the region, Penn came charging out of the gates and scored an opportunistic goal in the fourth minute of action. Vereb fireda longball through traffic to Yale keeper Erik Geiger who mishandled the ball and conceded the only goal the Quakers would need.
The Bulldogs came back strong on the attack, doubling Penn in shots (16-8). Senior Daniel Cepero made six big saves in net while the Quakers' reformatted defense kept Yale from advancing. Cepero banked his sixth shutout of the season and 21st of his career. Geiger made just one save for the Elis.
The win snapped a two-game skid for the Red and Blue, and it could not happen at a better time asPenn's co-leader in the Ivy race, Harvard, defeated Princeton.Meanwhile, Brown and Dartmouth continue to knock at the door, two points back.
Penn and Brown will settle the matter next Saturday at Rhodes Fieldwhile the campus celebrates Homecoming. Match time is set for 7:30 p.m.