NEWARK, N.J. - The University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team dropped a 3-0 decision to Seton Hall Tuesday evening in non-League action. The game was played on the campus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology due to unplayable field conditions at Seton Hall.
The Quakers (7-3) let two goals in off of deflections while Seton Hall (8-2-2) tacked on another in the second half to secure the win.
The contest pitted two of the region's top teams. Penn and Seton Hall are ranked second and third, respectively, in the latestMid-Atlantic region in the most recent National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll released Tuesday.
Seton Hall scored just 5:29 into the game when John Raus' shot from the endline deflected off a Quaker defender and went in.
Penn nearly equalized early in the second half when freshman Alex Grendi's shot hit the post. Sacha Kljestan added the Pirates' second goal in the 66th minute when his long-range shot was deflected in. Raus tacked on the insurance goal in the 78th minute, taking advantage of an offensive rush by Penn to score on the counterattack.
"It was a difficult loss because two of the goals were self-inflicted," said Head Coach Rudy Fuller. "Seton Hall is a good team and we're disappointed we didn't get a win."
The Pirates outshot the Quakers 14-10. Despite allowing three goals, junior goalkeeper Dan Cepero made a season-high seven saves.
Penn returns home to pick up its Ivy League schedule when it takes on Dartmouth on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Written by Tim Flynn, athletic communications assistant.