PHILADELPHIAThreegoals in the final 10 minutes electrified Rhodes Field forthe University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team Ivy League season opener Saturday night. The Quakers improved to 5-2overall, defeating Harvard 3-1. The Crimson fell to 5-3 overall.
“This win was good for us,” said Penn’s James C. Gentle Head Coach, Rudy Fuller. “The Ivy League games are all so important, and hopefully we can keep this momentum as we look to our game at Cornell next weekend.”
The first 45 minutes were mainly defensive, with just three shots making it to either teams’ keeper.
Kevin Unger broke the silence with a goal at 62:30. The sophomore rocketed a shot to the top right corner for his first score of the season after gaining the ball from a Harvard player’s attempt to clear it.
Just over 20 minutes later, sophomore Mike Klein added an insurance goal with help from Derek Hobson and Alex Grendi. Harvard was not deterred, however, and took advantage of Penn’s momentary let-up. Crimson standout Andre Akpan scored at 85:00 to bring the score within one.
The Quakers sent Josh Baugh into the game after Akpan’s goal, and just 43 seconds later the sophomore scored the clincher for his first goal of the season.
Senior captain and goalkeeper Daniel Cepero rejected six shots in his fifth win, while Harvard Adam Hahn made just one save on the night.
Penn continues Ivy League play on the road Sept. 30 at Cornell. Match time is set for 7 p.m. in Ithaca, N.Y.