Men's Soccer Falls to Princeton, 3-1

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PHILADELPHIA - The Penn men's soccer team made a nice comeback effort Saturday night at Rhodes Field, but ultimately fell to Princeton 3-1.

With the win the Tigers stay alive in the Ivy League race at 3-2-1; they improved to 8-5-3 overall. Penn fell to 6-7-3, and with the other results from the day fell out of title contention at 2-3-1.

Princeton came out strong in front of a partisan Penn crowd, and had a few excellent chances early on. The Tigers finally capitalized in the 23rd minute when Josh Walburn put up a shot that beat Penn goalkeeper Garon Smith but rang the left post. Antoine Hoppenot was right there on the doorstep, and he collected the rebound and easily beat Smith before the Quaker freshman could recover.

With seven minutes left before halftime, Princeton doubled its lead when Hoppenot found Ben Harms, who eluded a pair of Penn defenders about 25 yards out and fired an absolute rocket that Smith could not get a hand on inside the right post.

Penn came out with some fire in the second half, and it paid off just eight minutes into the stanza when junior Jason Gorskie headed a Christian Barreiro corner kick inside the near post to make the score 2-1. It was Gorskie's first goal this season.

With Penn's fans urging the team on, however, momentum was halted nearly 10 minutes later when Matt Sanner headed a free kick from Walburn, looping it over Smith's punch butjust under the crossbar.

In a match that had plenty of excellent play, both teams took 14 shots and Penn took seven corner kicks to Princeton's two. Smith ended the night with five saves; he was matched at the other end by Princeton's Sean Lynch.

Penn was certainly hampered by the early exit of sophomore defender Jake Levin, who came off limping noticeablyin the first halfand did not return.

Penn ends its season next weekend at Harvard, where the Quakers will look to play the spoiler against the Ivy League-leading Crimson. Kickoff at Ohiri Field is set for 1 p.m.

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