PHILADELPHIA – Penn took No. 12 American to the brink at Rhodes Field on Thursday night, playing the Eagles level until a goal in the 88th minute proved the difference maker in a 2-1 loss for the Quakers.
All three goals came in the second half of an evenly playedcontest, American striking first in the 72nd minute before the Quakers equalized just4:49 later to set up a frantic finish.
American’s opening goal came from Mark Plaisance, as his seeing-eye shot from 25 yards out snuck past Max Polkinhorne and inside the left post.
The goal conceded seemed to awaken the Quakers, and Alec Neumann brought Penn level just under five minutes later with a beautiful finish from inside the top of the box. He worked a give-and-go with his fellow forward, Duke Lacroix, taking the second pass wide and to the right before finishing across the grain to the upper left corner.
The Red and Blue had the game’s next three shots, including a prime chance from Forrest Clancy at the top of the 18 in the 85th minute, but none were able to give Penn separation.
Instead, it was American who snuck home the game-winner, Jake Garcia scoring after a scrum in the six with 2:22 to play. The sequence started with a cross from Dale Ludwig deep down the right side.
The Quakers fall to 2-3-0 this season, while American improves to 6-1-0.
Penn outshot the visitors, 16-12, and had a 6-5 edge in shots on goal. Each keeper had four saves.
The Quakers are back on the field on Sunday, heading to Ambler, Pa. to take on Temple at 3 p.m.