PHILADELPHIA--Junior Omid Shokoufandeh scored with less than a minute and a half left to play to lift the Quakers to a 2-1 victory over Cornell in the season finale. The Quakers close out the season with a 8-9-2 overall record and 3-4-0 in the Ivies. Cornell fell to 7-9-1 and 1-5-1 in the Ancient Eight.
Shokoufandeh nailed the match-winner in the 89th minute to break the stalemate and clinch a win for Penn. After a Cornell foul, Alex Grendi served the free kick into the fray. In traffic in front of the goal, senior Jeffrey Livingston was able to direct the ball to Shokoufandeh who found open space and netted the goal. Livingston's assist was his first point in the Red and Blue, in his last game as a Quaker.
All of Penn's seniors had top-notch performances in their final appearances at Rhodes Field. Derek Hobson had several chances to scoreand then made good on a penalty kick at 59:23 with a confident shot to the lower left side while the keeper, Luca Cerratani guessed wrong and went right.
Hobson's goal tied the game after Cornell scored on a breakaway opportunity and goalkeeper Kevin Sweetland's rebound was tapped in to give the Big Red a lead at 19:08.
After allowing a goal, Cornell got a momentary surge of energy before Penn's defense--led by Keith Vereb and Livingston--clamped downand kept the Big Red from developing much of an attack in the remaining minutes of the match. A testament to the Quaker defense is Sweetland's stat line. The sophomore was not credited with any saves. Cornell's Cerratani made one in the loss.
The matchwas sponsored by former Penn soccer captain and member of the Quakers' 1980 Ivy League championship team, Andrew J. Donnally, W'81.