PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men's soccer team poured on six goals against Mercer Sunday at the Penn Soccer Classic. The team also posted its sixth consecutive shutout. With the win, the Quakers also claimed the Penn Soccer Classic title and remain unbeaten with a 4-0-2 record. Mercer was left searching for its first season win at 0-5-2.
The Quakers set the tone early with two goals in the first 15 minutes. Seniors John Elicker and Kevin Unger connected for the first tally at 4:08. It was Unger's first goal of the season. Senior Alex Grendi set up classmate Omid Shokoufandeh at 14:03. Shokoufandeh now leads Penn with three goals on the season.
After the seniors set the example in the first, the underclassmenfollowed suit with four goals in the second. Newcomer Jake Levinheaded two home off corner kicks within the first 15 minutes of the second half. Senior Alex Fairman and his left foot were credited with assists on both while sophomore Tobi Olopade alsoassisted on Levin's second goal.
With the game well under control, Penn used the opportunity to try new lineups on the field. The move paid dividendswhen Josh Baugh--who had checked in 35 seconds earlier--headed the ball into perfect scoring position for Loukas Tasigianis--who hadjust reenteredfive minutes earlier--to finish.
Wrapping up the scoring were two sophomores with their first collegiate points in the 78th minute--Jason Gorskie knocked one into the net from Fernando Duran.
A number of records came out of the game as well. While having a quiet day, senior goalkeeper Drew Healy made one save for his sixth consecutive shutout and upped his minutes scoreless to 590:47. Six shutouts match this season's current national best and also make the Red and Blue the only team in the country thathas yet to allow a goal.
By scoring six goals, the Quakers also marked the second-highest output in Head Coach Rudy Fuller's tenure.
Penn claimed its third-straight tournament title in 2008 when Buffalo defeated Temple, 1-0.Though both the Quakers and Bulls finished 1-0-1 on the weekend, by virtue of goal differential Penn won the Penn Soccer Classic title.
The Quakers are home again Wednesday to face analways-formidable Penn State (2-4-2) team that has struggled against its early non-conference schedule. The game is set for7:30 p.m. at Rhodes Field.