Box Score (PDF)
PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men's soccer team got goals from three different scorers Friday and shut out Albany in the first game of the Penn Soccer Classic. The Quakers earned their first home win of the season and improved to 2-1-2. Meanwhile the Great Danes remained winless at 0-5-1.
With 14 corner kicks for Pennin the game, they came early and often. In the 11th minute, sophomore Christian Barreiro served the corner well into the box where junior Tobi Olopade headed it to the net, but saw it knocked out by Albany keeper Adrian Foncette. The rebound fell to the feet of sophomore Thomas Brandt who swiftly put the ball in the net for his first collegiate goal.
While Penn maintained good possession in the second half and out-shot the Great Danes 15-0. For senior Alex Takakuwa the third time was the charm in the 64th minute. After two near misses after the break, he went in one-on-one with Foncette and picked up the deflection from a shot into the keeper's legs to tap it onto the open goal and put the Quakers up two.
In the waning minutes of the game, Penn rookie Bryan Yasukochi checked in for his first collegiate minutes. Shortly there after he picked up a pass from junior Jason Gorskie and pushed it on to Olopade who scored the Red and Blue's third goal with less thanthree minutes to play.
Goalkeeper Ben Berg had a quiet night with just one save while the Penn defense kept Albany to just four shots. Foncette made four in the game.
Penn will face Navy on Sunday to conclude the Quakers' tournament. After the Midshipmen's overtime win at Temple, Sunday's match will determine the champion of the Classic. Game time is set for 2:30 p.m.
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