PRINCETON, N.J. - Sophomore Kevin Unger netted the game-winning golden goal in overtime as Penn defeated Princeton, 1-0, in men’s soccer action Saturday. The win was the first time in Head Coach Rudy Fuller’s era that Penn has defeated Princeton.
The victory was bittersweet, however, as just minutes after earning the victory the Penn players learned that they would not get a piece of the Ivy League title.The Quakersneeded Harvard to lose or tie in combination withtheir win Saturday, but the Crimsonearned the title witha 3-1 victory over Columbia in Cambridge.
Penn (9-4-2, 5-1-1 Ivy) claimed second place in the league.
Penn and Princeton (6-8-3, 1-5-1 Ivy)dueled through nearly 100 minutes of scoreless but eventful soccer.The Quakers outshot the Tigers, 6-4,in the first halfand 10-9 in the second, but headed for overtime just the same.
Senior keeper Daniel Cepero came up with a big save in the overtime period to keep the Quakers alive.
Nearing the end of the first overtime, sophomore Mike Klein fed the ball to Unger who fired from wide left. The angle was right, though,catching the low right corner and giving Penn the win. Unger also scored Penn’s other overtime goal earlier this season, against Columbia.
In goal, Cepero tied his 2005 season record eight shutouts with five saves. It was also his 22nd career shutout, placing him seven ahead of No. 2 in Penn’s record book.
The Tigers’ Justin Oppenheimer made six saves in the loss.
Penn now awaits its postseason fate with Monday’s NCAA selection show, scheduled for 4 p.m.