BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Penn shook off its recent struggles in the opening minutes of play with a goal in the sixth minute from Christian Barreiro, but Lehigh rallied back to tie the match in the 80th minute as part of a 1-1 tie on Tuesday night.
The Quakers, undermanned with Jake Levin out after his fifth yellow card of the season last weekend at Columbia and with Stephen Baker out nursing an injury, may not have even made it to overtime if not for the play of Max Kurtzman in goal. Kurtzman had a very good night between the pipes for the Quakers, making five saves and doing his best to keep Lehigh at bay in the second half.
Christian Barreiro, who scored the game-winner in the final minute of Saturday's match at Columbia, needed just 5:47 of play on Tuesday to give the Quakers a lead. After his team drew a foul about 28 yards out, the senior stepped in for his usual spot as director of Penn's restarts. His free kick was true, curling into the top left corner and nowhere close to a position to be saved.
Lehigh took control of the second half, pushing the action in Penn's half the field while frantically working for the equalizer. Cameron Omberg finally connected to tie the match in the 80th minute, swinging a shot in from the edge of the 18 on a counter play. The score came moments after Penn narrowly avoided giving up the tying goal on a free kick from 23-yards out. Lehigh went wide with that restart, eventually feeding a low pass into the box that a Mountain Hawk fanned on before the Quakers booted it momentarily away from danger.
In overtime, Penn defended well in the first 10 minutes, and had chances to win in the second period of extra time. The Red and Blue earned two corners in the 103rd minute, the first knocked away by the Lehigh defense and the second corner finding the foot of Alex Tuch - who had just entered 20 seconds earlier. Tuch was clever with his shot, bouncing one in towards goal from seven yards out (think of an onside kick from football), but the bouncer was inches above the crossbar.
In the 106th minute, Duke Lacroix stormed down the left flank and sent a pass back across the field to Christian Barreiro - similar to Saturday's game-winning sequence in New York City. This time, however, Barreiro's offering was blocked out of bounds by Lehigh and the ensuing throw did not amount to a scoring chance. Neither team mounted any significant attack zone pressure over the final four minutes and time eventually wound down for Penn's second draw of 2011.
The Red and Blue finish non-conference play with a 6-4-2 record and are 1-1-0 inside the Ivy League with five Ancient Eight matches to play. Lehigh is now 4-2-5 and remains unbeaten at home (2-0-3).
The Quakers return to Rhodes Field after a 1-1-1 road swing on Saturday to take on Dartmouth at 7:30 p.m.