PHILADELPHIA--ThePenn men's soccerteamscored three and held Philadelphia Soccer Seven foe Villanova to two, Wednesday night at Rhodes Field. The Quakers continued their unbeaten streak and improved to 6-0-3 while the Wildcats fell to 4-4-2.
The bout was what you would expect from two Philly teams--evenly-matched and hard-fought. The rainy conditions and soggy field added another component to the game and forced both teams to change their approach.
In the 15th minute, senior Andrew Ferry exploited a breakdown in the Villanova defense and walked through a few defenders to finish from six yards out. Classmate Omid Shokoufandeh fed him the ball.
Villanova answered with a goal in the 38th minute, though Penn would not let the tie stand for long as newcomer Christian Barreiro notched Penn’s second goal in the 43rd. Ferry assisted on his tally to carry a lead heading into the locker room.
As the teams sloshed through the second half, both Villanova and Penn had some serious scoring chances. However, neither team was able to hit the net until the final 10 minutes. At 79:31, Nova’s Jake Heyer headed a ball that just clipped the far post and bounced in for the equalizer.
Knowing they had to act fast, the Quakers immediately returned on attack. Sophomore Loukas Tasigianis sped through the middle of the field and broke through his defenders. One-on-one with Wildcats goalkeeper Chris Bresnahan, the two collided in the box and Tasigianis was awarded a penalty kick. Rattled by the hit, Tasigianis was helped off the field and senior Kevin Unger took the kick notching the game-winner at 79:46.
Senior Drew Healy made five saves in goal for the Quakers in his sixth win of the season. Nova’s Bresnahan had six saves in the loss.
The Quakers put their unbeaten streak to the test in the Ivy League Saturday at Cornell. Traveling to Ithaca, N.Y., Penn will play the Big Red at 4:30 p.m.