MILWAUKEE, Wis.--The Penn men's soccer team notched their first with on the season with a 2-0 decision over DePaul. Senior goalkeeper Drew Healy earned his second consecutive shutout while Omid Shokoufandeh scored the game-winner and newcomer Chrisitan Barreiro had the insurance with five minutes to play.
"We are very happy with the result," said Head Coach Rudy Fuller. "Weknew this was going to be a difficult game; the second in three days and against a good NCAA team."
The first half closed scoreless, though Penn had some nice opportunities in the closing minutes thanks to quick action from Jason Gorskieto Christian Barreiro and a give-and-go between Mike Klein and Andrew Ferry.
The team startedsecond half right where they left off with Omid Shokoufandeh putting in the team's first goal of the season at 48:53.He hammered it past DePaul's Brian Visser from seven yards out after Kevin Unger issued the cross from the right side. Incidentally, Shokoufandeh not only scored the team's first goal of the 2008 season, but he also had the team's last goal of the 2007 season--both game-winners.
Midway through the second half, DePaul had their greatest chances of the day with three rapid fire shots in the box, but despite the chaos Healy and the defense was able to keep the ball out of the net. The last time clearing, a foul was called inside the boxon Penn and DePaul's John Kornfeld lined up for the penalty kick. He tried to sneak it in near the left post, but Healy had hands on it to make the big save.
"It was a big day for Healy, I thought he had a great performance," commented Fuller. "It was also nice to see Omid and Ferry come off the bench and make contributions right away."
From there out, Penn worked to slow the pace while staying vigilant to hold the slim one-goal lead. With five minutes to go, Fairman stripped the ball from DePaul and sent it to the attack. Ferry worked the ball in from the right side and saw Barreiro open to the left of the keeper. He dished to the newcomer who beat Visser and scored his first collegiate goal.
Healy was credited with one save in his second consecutive shutout while Visser made no saves in the loss.
The Quakers won the inaugural Marquette Invitational while Ryan Porch, John Elicker and Tobi Olopade all earned honors on the "Best 11" all-tournament team.
The Quakers will return to the East Coast and prepare for the Princeton Classic where they will face Seton Hall and American on Friday (5 p.m.) and Sunday (noon), respectively.