ITHACA, N.Y. - The Penn men's soccer team continued its strong late play Saturday evening at Cornell's Berman Field, getting a pair of goals from senior Omid Shokoufandeh to overcome the Big Red and win, 3-2.
The victory kept the Quakers unbeaten at 7-0-3, while the Big Red fell to 1-7-0. The match was the Ivy opener for both teams.
Shokoufandeh's first goal came in the 71st minute off a feed from Christian Barreiro, and the match-winner came nine minutes later when he potted a loose ball at the edge of the six-yard box. Jake Levin was credited with an assist on the goal. Shokoufandeh now leads the Quakers with five goals on the season.
Penn had originally gained the lead in the 20th minute, when Jason Gorskie headed home Alex Grendi's corner kick for his second goal of the season. But the Big Red tied the game with less than nine minutes left before halftime on a Scott Caldwell goal, and then took the lead in the 56th minute thanks to a beautiful goal by Pedro Pereira.
In a match that was pretty evenly played, Penn outshot Cornell 15-13 and took five corner kicks. Drew Healy again got the win in the Quaker goal, makingthree saves on the night. At the other end, Scott Brody also had three stops.
Penn will return to action Tuesday night, traveling to Bethlehem, Pa. to take on Lehigh. That match will kick off at 7 p.m. and will serve as the Quakers' last non-conference regular-season match of 2008.