Men's Soccer Falls Short in Opener, 3-2

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PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men's soccer team launched a comeback after falling behind three goals early on against Seton Hall. The Quakers fell to 0-1 on the season while SHU evened its record to 1-1. Senior Alex Takakuwa scored twice for the Red and Blue.

The first half saw Penn debut its new line-up with nine first-timestarters. Seton Hall capitalized on the Quakers' miscues and scored two goals in the first 12 minutes. Penn picked up its pace, but still let another Pirate goal score in the 29th minute.

In the final minutes of the half, the Red and Blue had begun to push forward with more success and Takakuwa was able to evade SHU keeper Pat McHenry and get the Quakers on the board going into the break.

After the half, Penn kept the offensive momentum going and kept Seton Hall on defense for the better part of the half. Junior goalkeeper Ben Berg came up with some crucial saves to keep Penn in game while the backline also did its part to keep the SHU attack at bay. Berg had a career-highseven saves in the game.

In the 60th minute, senior Lee Rubenstein sent a cross in to Takakuwa who was able to head the ball past the keeper again for his second goal.

With 30 minutes to find the equalizer, Penn kept the pressure on and both Takakuwa and Loukas Tasigianis had excellent chances stolen by the keeper, andtime expired.

The Quakers will now hit the road for a quick trip to Villanova on Monday at 1 p.m.

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