NEW YORK, N.Y.--Mike Klein scored twice, late in the match to lead the Quakersover Columbia in New York City, Saturday night. Penn improved to 3-4-2 and started the Ivy League with a 1-0 record. Columbia fell to 2-6-1 on the season and 0-1 after its Ivy opener.
The Quakers played hard in the first half out-shooting the Lions, 11-4 and giving their senior goalkeeper, Michael Testa a workout with four on goal. Still it was Columbia that held the 1-0 lead at the end of the first 45:00. Bayo Adafin scored a goal at 29:43 to take the first lead.
To this point in the season, both teams had scored the majority of their goals in the second half. Saturday was no different with the Quakers coming out quick in the second with an equalizerfrom Alex Grendi at 50:07. Derek Hobson helped on the play.
Penn's points leader the last two seasons, junior Mike Klein entered the match with just one assist under his belt. He made up for lost time with two goals, within five minutes of each other. Klein put the Red and Blue ahead with an opportunistic goal at 65:35 by knocking the ball in during a scramble in the box.Newcomer Loukas Tasigianiswas credited with an assist.
Junior Andrew Ferry and Klein combinedwith a give and go playat 70:23 for a little insurance. It was well worth it as the Lions retaliated with goal just a minute later at 71:40, but it was their last of the night as the Quakers were able to maintain their lead and claim victory.
In goal, junior Drew Healy made one save for the Quakers while Testa pulled down eight for Columbia.
The Quakers dip back into non-conference competition with a midweek home match against American, Oct. 9. Match time is set for 7 p.m. Penn will hope to avenge an overtime loss to American last season.