PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania soccer team was stunned on a late goal by visiting Dartmouth, falling to the Big Green, 1-0.
The Quakers had been living dangerously all afternoon long, conceding five corner kicks and numerous long throws to the Big Green. In the end, it was the fifth and final corner kick of the day for Dartmouth which led to the difference-maker, as Matt Danilack headed home a Justin Donowa service with 1:52 remaining in the match.
The late goal spoiled what had been a standout afternoon for freshman Etan Mabourakh in goal. Mabourakh finished the day with 10 saves – more than he had made in his three appearances to date – and the most by a Penn keeper since Max Polkinhorne had 12 against Temple in 2014.
Many of Mabourakh’s saves came off of long Dartmouth throws, as the Big Green were content to loop balls behind the Penn defensive unit towards Eduvie Ikoba and the rest of the forward group. Penn did its job in clearing those long balls, but the resulting throws often found a Dartmouth head and forced Mabourakh to defend.
Mabourakh was busiest in as stretch just passed the hour mark, when he had to dive to his left to deny Matt Greer in the 64th minute, and followed a minute later with an attacking save on Yima Asom who had broken in 1v1 on goal.
Penn’s best chance at breaking through in the match came in the 33rd minute when Joe Swenson had a shot hit the crossbar. The rebound came right to Sam Wancowicz, but his shot was barely wide. In the 59th minute, Swenson had a second opportunity to score but was denied by Stefan Cleveland. Alec Neumann’s chance on the rebound sailed high.
The Quakers fall to 2-8-1 overall and 1-2-0 in the Ivy League. Dartmouth remains tied with Harvard atop the Ivy League standings at 3-0-0 and improves to 7-3-1 overall.
Penn is back at home on October 24, hosting Yale at 7:30 p.m. on the Ivy League Digital Network.