Men's Soccer Edged by Harvard, 2-1, in Double Overtime

Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - No. 18 Penn had a golden opportunity to win the match against Harvard near the end of the first overtime on Saturday, but Christian Barreiro's attempt for his second goal of the night went just wide to run out the clock.

8:10 later - in the 109th minute of the match - Tim Linden had his one-touch strike go in for Harvard, giving the Crimson a 2-1 win in double overtime at Rhodes Field.

The Quakers scored first in the match, with Barreiro completing a quick passing play between himself, Loukas Tasigianis and Travis Cantrell in the 40th minute. Barreiro's long shot from about 25 yards out was his fourth goal of the season.

The Red and Blue did not have time to celebrate for long as Harvard tied the match just 2:15 later on a goal by Brian Rogers. He went left-to-right across the top of the box and sent a laser top corner that Ben Berg had no chance to stop.

The match was a physical encounter, with 36 fouls between the teams and eight yellow cards issued. Harvard has 24 fouls and five of the yellows to 12 fouls and three cautions for Penn. None of the fouls or cards came back to haunt the two sides as all three goals were in the course of play and not off restarts.

Brett Conrad had seven saves in the win for Harvard, just his fourth decision of the season (2-1-1). For the Quakers, Ben Berg made four saves in the loss, dropping his record to 12-5-0.

Conrad made two saves in the first overtime, stopping shots from Nick Unger and Stephen Baker. His best save of the match, however, came in the first half when he stoned Barreiro on a shot through traffic with a dive to his right on a second attempt. However, it was a shot that Conrad didn't have a chance to save that was Penn's best opportunity of the night -- perhaps even better than the goal scored in the first half.

Tasigianis worked his way down the left side with under 30 seconds to play in the first overtime, and sent a ball to Baker who was in lockstep with him. The freshman sent a quick pass to the middle that Barreiro got a boot on and beat Conrad -- and unfortunately, the goal -- to the left post side. It missed by mere inches and extended the match into a second overtime which came out in Harvard's favor.

Berg had two saves in both halves, including a big-time stop on Baba Omosegbon in the 65th minute.

Harvard's season comes to a close with a 5-7-5 record while Penn falls to 12-5-0. The Quakers await word on an NCAA Tournament selection this Monday at 4:30 p.m. The selection show will be aired live on ESPNU.

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