CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--The Penn men's soccer team fell to No. 15 Harvard, 2-1,in its final road trip of the season, Saturday morning. The Quakers fell to 5-9-2 on the season and 2-4 in the Ivy League while the Crimson improved to 11-3-2 and 4-2 in the Ancient Eight.
Newcomer Ben Berg got his first start in goal for the Red and Blue. Though he was 1-for-3, allowing two goals in the first half he was 3-for-3 in the second and kept the Crimson at bay.
Two other freshmen--Tobi Olopade and Aaron Ross--had their first starts as Quakers, Saturday. Olopade nearly put Penn on the board first when he hit the post just after the four-minute mark.
However, it was Harvard that scored first at 11:25. The Crimson increased its lead at 40:17, but this time the Quakers were quick to respond and scored just three minutes later.
Senior tri-captain Derek Hobson knocked in his third goal of the season with help from Omid Shokoufandeh and Kevin Unger at 43:03 and the teams split for the half with Penn trailing by one.
In the second, Ungerhadthree shots, but the one he put on goal was saved by Harvard's senior keeper, Adam Hahn for his one save of the day.
The Quakers will now return home to Rhodes Field, Nov. 17 for Senior Night, honoring Hobson, Jeffrey Livingston and Keith Vereb, and the final match of the 2007 regular season. Saturday's match with Cornell will kickoff at 7 p.m.