PHILADELPHIAThe Penn men's soccer played a fast-paced and entertaining game and, despite more than a few chances, settled for a scoreless draw with Ivy League foe Brown Saturday night at a blusteryRhodes Field. With the tie, Penn's record was set at 8-4-2 (4-1-1 Ivy League) while Brown went to 10-3-3 (3-1-2 Ivy).
Appearing in their final regular season contest at Rhodes Field were seniors Daniel Cepero, Andy Howardand Ryan Tracy along withundergraduate assistant coach and former player, Chuck Snyder.
The first period started with a dangerous shot by Brown's Darren Howerton that was deflected by Penn goalkeeper Cepero but had to be swept away from the goal by Penn's defenders. The action continued with several chances for the Quakers, who outshot the Bears 4-2 in the period.
The wind played a role, as the momentum shifted somewhat at halftime --Brown keeper Jarrett Leech made several key saves and had luck on his side when Tracy hit the post midway through the second frame.
In the second overtime, Howard made a break for the goal and went one-on-one with Leech who made a game-saving stop to keep Brown alive.
Cepero made three savesin gaininghis seventh clean sheet of the season, the22nd of his career. Overall, the Quaker defense kept true to form and stymied the Bears’ potent offense that prior to the game was averaging nearly two goals per game.
In the League standings, Penn remains ahead of Brown with 13 points to the Bears' 11. Harvard is currently in second with 12 points and Dartmouth in fourth with 10, but those twoteamsface off tomorrow afternoon in Hanover, N.H.
Penn -- ranked sixth in the NSCAA Northeast region --will travel to Princeton next weekend in the final match of the regular season. Kick off is set for 1 p.m.