MILWAUKEE, Wis.--The Penn men's soccer team opened the season with a fast-paced and well-matchedmatch at Marquettethat ended in a scoreless tie. The team's preseason focus on defense showed with a solid back four andsenior Drew Healy with three big saves and his first collegiate clean sheet.
"It was a good up-tempo game and our defense was well-organized throughout," said Head Coach Rudy Fuller. "It was good to see our back four really come together, for Healy to get that shutout and for us to get that first game in. The offense is something that will develop as we get into more games, but the defense is foundation and I'm happy to see that really working well tonight."
The defense was certainly the highlight. The starting back four--John Elicker, Jake Levin, Ryan Porch and Alex Fairman--played all 110 minutes and provided a unified barrier for Marquette's offense. The other six on the field also did a their part on defense, another point of emphasis in the preseason.
Each team had a few chances at the goal, but in the end settled for a 0-0 tie. Most significantly, Aaron Ross scored what looked to be the go-ahead goal just minutes before the first half concluded. But it was waived off with a foul on Penn. With several other chances, that was the closest for either team.
For Penn, Healy had three saves while Pyzdrowski had four for MU.
The Quakers will take on DePaul at 11 a.m. (central time) Sunday. The Blue Demons defeated Columbia 1-0 in the first game of the tournament.