BERKELEY, Calif.--The Penn men's soccer team battled the No. 7 team in the country, the University of California, in a 1-0 loss Friday in Berkeley, Calif. The Quakers fell to 0-2 on the season while the Bears improved to 2-0.
Cal got on the board early with a header from Tyler Barry in the 11th minute. Andrew Jacobson served him the ball off a restart and was credited the assist.
Penn had a number of opportunities with Alex Grendi leading the charge, putting three shots on goal in the game.
In the first half, juniors Andrew Ferry, Mike Klein, Kevin Unger and Richard Frank all got in the mix with near misses. Ferry nearly drove one in but was caught just offsides while Unger drilled a shot from point-blank range but Cal keeper Stefan Frei made the save.
Junior Drew Healy made his collegiate debut for the Red and Blue collecting four big saves in the game.
After the break, Penn came out strong with more chances early in the half. A couple of scrambles in the Cal box turned up nothing for the Quakers.Grendi wove his way through midfield traffic only to have a defender stop his shot. His next run down he came in close on the left side and hammered his shot but Frei made the diving save to keep Penn off the board.
Frank, a speedy forward, beat his defenders on a number of runs, but wasthwarted by Frei every time.
Ryan Porchnearly tied it up with a header with 15 minutes remaining. Junior Alex Fairman sent the ball in off a free kick andPorch headed the ball that nearly hit the left post, but it was swatted away by the keeper.
The Quakers will wrap up the Cal Legacy Classic at Stanford, Sunday at 4 p.m. Eastern. Stanford suffered its first loss of the season 1-0 to Wisconsin in the earlier match, Friday at Cal. Though part of the Classic, thematch will be played at Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif.
Like for Friday's game, a live blog will be available for the Penn-Stanford match. Check out the in-game blog from thePenn-Calmatchby clicking here.