WASHINGTON, D.C. – The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team sputtered at the start of its match at American on Sunday, conceding three goals in the opening half en route to a 4-0 loss in the nation’s capital.
After taking No. 7 Washington to the distance in a double-overtime scoreless draw on Friday, Penn was under the gun quickly against the Eagles. Max Polkinhorne was tested in the game’s first minute, making his first save off a point-blank look from Joel Hart.
The first 10 minutes were back and forth, each side with chances off set pieces. Penn’s best opportunity was off the foot of Alec Neumann, but his shot to the left post was denied by a diving Dylan Hobart in the 8th minute.
The Eagles opened the scoring in the 16th minute, Panos Nahkid catching Penn off guard in transition and slipping a shot inside the far post. Four minutes later, the deficit was two for the Quakers after Vinny Barone fed found Joel Hart at the goalmouth for a tap-in.
American would build a 3-0 lead in the 41st minute when Nick Sifrin headed home a Joe Iraloa cross.
The Quakers mounted an early offensive chance in the second half, earning a corner kick in the 47th minute. The service was unable to find a Quaker, though, and American transitioned down the field. Moments later, Hart connected for his second score of the match off an assist from Liam Robley.
The Quakers head to Florida later this week for a pair of matches, taking on Florida International in Miami on September 10 before a match against Florida Gulf Coast in Ft. Myers on September 12.