Milwaukee, Wisc. A defensive miscue in overtime by the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team resulted in a tough 2-1 loss to host Wisconsin-Milwaukee this afternoon at the Coca-Cola Panther Invitational.
“We came out and put together a very good first half, but let the game get away a little bit in the second half,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “It was a good lesson to learn at this point in the season and it will benefit us down the road.”
Penn (1-2-0) got things started in the first half as junior Justin Estrada tapped in the deflected save from a shot by senior David Maier at 20:05. After being held scoreless in the first half, the Panthers (1-1-2) got on the board on a Craig Mallace goal at the 71:41 mark. Tied 1-1, the two teams battled into overtime, but just six minutes in, Mallace intercepted the ball from the Quaker backline and slipped it past a diving Daniel Cepero. Cepero finished the day with two saves. The Panthers held a slight 13-12 advantage in shots, while Penn held a 6-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Derrick Jumper, Estrada, and Maier were named to the Coca-Cola Panther Invitational All-Tournament Team for their performances over the weekend. Estrada tallied a goal and two assists while Maier finished with an assist. Jumper had a goal in the Red and Blue’s win over Wisconsin.
Penn is back in action on Sept. 17 and Sept. 19 as it hosts the 2004 Penn Soccer Classic. On Friday, Princeton will face Fairleigh Dickinson at noon, while Penn kicks off against South Carolina at 2:30 p.m. On Sunday, Princeton will take on South Carolina at noon followed by Fairleigh Dickinson and Penn at 2:30 p.m.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.