PHILADELPHIA - In 2010, Penn capitalized on an 89th-minute scrum to score the only goal of the match and escape a road tilt against Cornell with a win. This year, the table turned on the Red and Blue as Cornell connected in the 89th minute and boarded the bus back to Ithaca with a 1-0 win of its own.
Daniel Haber had the winning goal for Cornell, finishing from the edge of the 18 on the right side for his fourth goal of the season. The play began on the other side of the field with a throw in for the Big Red, and at first it seemed as if Penn may clear any danger when Jimmy Lannon's throw was sent back by a Penn defender. The defense's knock was unlucky, though, banging off a second Penn player and finding the feet of Haber who wasted no time before depositing the ball in the near right corner of the goal.
As a match which was decided in the final two minutes would be expected to, the Ivy League opener for both sides was very evenly contested. Both sides took 13 shots, splitting them six in the first 45' and seven in the final half.
Three of each club's shots reached goal, with saves 3-2 for Cornell's Rick Pflasterer. On corners, Penn had a slight advantage, 5-4.
Christian Barreiro was constantly looking to break the ice in Penn's favor throughout the tilt, taking a match-high eight shots. Haber and Peter Choda led Cornell with four offerings each.
Barreiro had the game's first look in its first minute, gaining space and taking a shot that Pflasterer had a bit of trouble holding on to, but was able to corral it before Duke Lacroix could converge. The next best opportunity for Penn came in the 81st minute when Mariano Gonzalez-Guerineau had a run on the ball inside the six off a Penn corner, but Cornell's defense converged just before he could connect for sure goal.
On Cornell's next time down the field, the Big Red had a very similar look to Gonzalez's, and it was Penn's turn to clear away, which Jonny Dolezal did before the Big Red could score.
The Quakers are now 5-3-1 this season and open Ivy play at 0-1-0. Cornell has improved its unbeaten streak to eight matches and is now 5-1-3. The loss ends Penn's five-match unbeaten streak against Cornell, as the Quakers had gone 4-0-1 in the last five meetings between the two teams. The last five meetings which have provided a victor have all been one-goal wins.
Penn is back in action on Tuesday at Penn State at 7 p.m.