Men's Soccer Can't Hold Off Dartmouth, 3-1

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's soccer team fell to No. 20 Dartmouth, 3-1, Sunday night at Rhodes Field.

In a match that was played mostly in the midfield, the teams were level at halftime, but the Big Green scored early and late in the second half to secure the victory. With the win, Dartmouth improved to 8-2-1 overall, 3-0-0 in the Ivy League. Penn fell to 4-6-3, 0-2-1 in the Ivies.

Dartmouth drew first blood in the match's 13th minute, when Ben Salmon crossed the ball from the left side and Austin Bowers was able to punch it in from directly in front. However, less than 10 minutes later Penn drew even when Zach Barnett sent a long throw-in to the middle of the Dartmouth box and Alex Takakuwa was able to get a head on it and slide it inside the near post past Dartmouth keeper Sean Donovan.

Dartmouth regained the lead just 3:35 into the second half when a long ball was played in from the left side. With lots of traffic at the far post, the ball ricocheted into the goal. Bryan Giudicelli was credited with the goal.

After being thwarted twice on breakaways earlier in the game by Penn goalkeeper Garon Smith, Dartmouth's Lucky Mkosana made the third time the charm when he broke free from beyond midfield, beat a defender and then Smith, and pushed the ball into an open goal with just 2:18 left.

Making his second collegiate start, Smith made two saves for the Quakers. At the other end, Donovan had just one stop as Dartmouth outshot Penn just 8-3. Penn's only other shot on goal came from Loukas Tasigianis.

Penn returns to action next weekend, hosting Yale Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on Rhodes Field. That game will be the second half of a women's/men's doubleheader against the Bulldogs.

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