COLUMBIA, S.C. - The University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team got two quick second-half goals and then held off a furious counterattackto defeatSouth Carolina, 2-0, Friday night at Stone Stadium.
The Quakers (4-0) played outstanding defense to stop 17 South Carolina shots; the Gamecocks (0-5) have struggled to find the back of net this year.
Junior Derrick Jumper opened the scoringon an unassisted breakaway in the 58th minute, and freshman Josh Baugh added his first collegiate goal six minutes later, picking up a loose ball in the box and firing it home.
"Obviously, it's a great win for the program," said head coach Rudy Fuller. "Chuck Snyder came off the bench and played very well, and Baugh came off the bench and played very well also."
South Carolina outshot Penn 6-4 in a scoreless first half. The Gamecocks threatened late with a pair of corner kicks in the final minute and a half, but the Quaker defense held going into the break.
After the two quick goals for Penn, South Carolina turned up the pressure but saw two excellent chances go wide in the 75th minute.
Junior goalkeeper Daniel Ceperomadefive saves in picking up his third clean sheet of the season. Cepero has allowed just one goal in 360 minutes of play. Counterpart Mike Gustavson hadtwo saves in the losing effort. Despite the loss, South Carolina held a 17-11 advantage in shots and a wide 8-1 margin in corner kicks.
The game was the twilight of a doubleheader in the adidas/South Carolina Gamecock Classic. In the evening's first game, the College of Charleston and Loyola-Chicago battled to a 2-2 double-overtime tie.
Penn will meet College of Charleston on Sunday at 1 p.m.
-Written by Tim Flynn, Athletic Communications Assistant