PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team played Yale to a 1-1 draw at Rhodes Field, moving to 1-2-1 in Ivy League play and 2-8-1 overall.
The Quakers needed a rally to pick up the point, and did so quickly. Jerel Blades notched his second goal of the season in the 59th minute, equalizing for Penn 4:13 after Yale had taken the lead.
The result for the Quakers matches last season’s 1-1 draw with Yale in New Haven. The goals also came in quick succession last season, Yale scoring first in the 3rd minute before Penn also had to rally – tying the match on a Forrest Clancy goal 3:46 later.
The 2015 match saw neither team score in the first half despite a 6-2 edge in shots for the Quakers.
In the second half, Yale took the lead in the 55th minute on a Cameron Riach header. The set piece began with a Nicky Downs corner kick, and Riach won the ball in the air to give Yale a 1-0 lead.
That goal negated a solid start to the second half for Penn, as Austin Kuhn and Jerel Blades had shots saved in the 48th minute and Sam Wancowicz had a header denied in the 53rd minute. Penn was quickly able to regain its composure after conceding, as the Quakers drew a free kick just crossed midfield in the 59th minute.
The service did its job – arriving in the mixer and causing havoc. The ball found its way to Nigel Blackwood who knocked it down to Jerel Blades at the right post. Blades collected the pass and slipped a low shot by the keeper to bring Penn level.
With two teams desperate for a win, the chances came often after Penn equalized. Forrest Clancy had a free kick saved in the 63rd minute, and Etan Mabourakh made a nice stop on a low, bounding free kick from Downs in the 77th minute.
Neither team had a shot on goal in the first overtime period, but each team had an opportunity sail high. Wancowicz had the best chance, faking a Yale defender into the air and dribbling around him into the penalty area before his shot went high. Yale almost stole the win in the 97th minute off a corner kick as Penn headed a clearance off its own crossbar, but the iron was kind to the home team and sent the match to a second overtime period.
Mabourakh had to make two saves in the final period of play, and Penn was unable to capitalize on a corner kick with 1:14 to play.
The Quakers next play at Brown on October 31 at 7 p.m.