NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of Pennsylvania’s men’s soccer team began the fourth weekend of Ivy League play in a tie for second place and that is where the Quakers remain after a 1-1 draw with Yale.
The Quakers had to respond after an early goal against, and did so on a Forrest Clancy goal. However, the winner never came as Penn had a match end in a tie for the first time in 2014.
With the draw, Penn is now 6-6-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the Ivy League. The Red and Blue are one of three times sitting at seven points in the Ancient Eight, two points behind Dartmouth.
The Quakers were outshot in the match, 17-9, and gave up 10 corner kicks to four earned.
For the second weekend in a row, Penn conceded an early strike on the road, Yale connecting on a Keith Bond goal in the 3rd minute. The goal came after a flurry of early shots from the Bulldogs following the match’s first corner. The second shot was blocked by a Penn defender, but the ricochet went to Bond all alone and he scored.
Just over three minutes later, Forrest Clancy drew a foul 25 yards from goal, setting up a free kick. The British midfielder lined up his shot and lasered a ball to the near right post which beat goalkeeper Blake Brown for Clancy’s second beautiful free strike goal of the season.
In the 60th minute, Kamar Saint-Louis came up with an important defensive clear, getting to a loose ball at the back post before a Yale player. Otherwise, the Bulldogs would have likely scored following the redirected chance off a corner kick.
In the 78th minute, Max Polkinhorne made his biggest save of regulation, diving to his right to get a hand on a Bond spinning shot at the top of the 18-yard box.
Yale had chances in the final five minutes to find the winner in regulation, Bond with a dangerous chance in the 87th minute after a long entry pass found him with a bit of space inside the 18. He one-touched a bouncing ball, but the offering was wide to the right. Moments later, Henos Musie tried to quickly fire a ball by Polkinhorne from a similar spot but it was similarly wide.
Each team had a corner kick early in the first overtime, but Yale had the best chance off the set piece, looping a second ball into the mixer which required Polkinhorne to scoop up.
In the 96th minute, Lacroix and Neumann worked a give-and-go, sending Lacroix down the left flank. His shot curled wide, though. Yale transitioned back down the field, Bond finding space again, only to send a shot with pace just over the crossbar.
The Quakers return to Rhodes Field on October 28 to take on West Virginia at 7 p.m.