NEW YORK, N.Y. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team saw an early lead slip away on the road at Columbia, falling in an Ivy League contest, 2-1.
Freshman Gavin Barger opened the game’s scoring with his first collegiate goal in the 20th minute, taking a Sam Wancowicz pass and sending a shot to the top left corner to give Penn a 1-0 lead.
That advantage would not make it to halftime, however, as the Lions scored twice in the final 6:11 of the opening period. Elliot Frederick put back the rebound of an Alex Bangerl shot in the 39th minute to square the match, 1-1-.
In the 44th minute, Penn came up on the unlucky end of a clearance, knocking a Dylan Mott cross into its net for an own goal with 1:40 to play in the half.
The Quakers brought everything they had to find the equalizer in the second half, forcing Columbia keeper Kyle Jackson to make four saves in the final 45 minutes. The best chance for the Quakers to level the match came in the 72nd minute, when Joe Swenson got his head on a Forrest Clancy corner, but was unable to beat Jackson.
Penn drops to 2-6-1 and 1-1-0 in Ivy League play. Columbia improves to 6-2-1 overall and is also 1-1-0 in Ivy action.
The Quakers return to Rhodes Field on October 12, taking on Rutgers at 5 p.m. in a game which can be seen on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.