PHILADELPHIAThe University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer teammarked 4-0 victory Friday night against Saint Joseph’s at Rhodes Field in the first day of the Penn Soccer Classic. The Philadelphia Soccer Seven match improved the Quakers to 3-1 and left the Hawks still searching for a win at 0-6.
“I thought our guys did well tonight,” said the James C. Gentle Head Coach Rudy Fuller. “We are confident that all our guys can go out and perform when they need to, and it showed tonight.”
Sophomore Mike Klein put the Quakers on the board early with a goal at 5:36. Unselfish play by Alex Grendi and Omid Shokoufandeh made the play possible as both had chances at the net, but opted to shuffle the ball across the box and pull sophomore SJU keeper Joe Bodnar out of position.
Klein notched his second goal of the season in the 36th minute after a similar play in the box. Shokoufandeh started the action, serving the ball to senior Ryan Tracy in the box who passed to Klein to finish.
Senior Andy Howard helped seal the first half with a header at 44:35. Klein figured on that goal as well serving a free kick in to the scrum.
After halftime and three saves, the Hawks exchanged Bodnar for sophomore Bryan Benedict in net. Benedict made four saves in the half, but allowed an exclamation mark from Tracy at 86:02. Sophomore Andrew Ferry assisted on the score.
The Penn defense stonewalled any attack Saint Joseph’s attempted, leaving senior captain Daniel Cepero to collected just one save in goal. He also nabbed his 17th career shutout.
Earlier, in the first match of the Classic, Princeton downed Duquesne 4-1, scoring three goals in the final 25 minutes to mark the win.
Penn will face Duquesne Sunday to wrap up the Classic at 2:30 p.m. at Rhodes Field. Prior to that match-up, Princeton will face Saint Joseph’s at noon.