Men's Soccer Starts Strong in Spring Training

WASHINGTON, D.C.--The men’s soccer team played two scrimmages in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. The Quakers defeated Virginia Tech and host school American, both by a 2-1 margin.

“Overall, we were satisfied with our performances,” said Assistant Coach Robert Irvine. “There are things we need to sharpen up, certainly, but we can take some positive things out of both games.”

After just four full days of practice over the last two weeks, the Red and Blue met Virginia Tech for a game of two 30-minute halves. Rising junior Andrew Ferry created some pressure for the goalkeeper who misplayed the ball so rising junior Omid Shokoufandeh could slot the ball out of his reach.

The Hokies battled back with a goal before halftime to knot the score. In the second half, Penn’s Kevin Unger notched the game-winner from eight yards out for a 2-1 final.

The Quakers had a quick turnaround playing American immediately following the Virginia Tech game. The game was played in the same 30-minute halves format as the first game.

Ferry scored both goals for the Red and Blue. On the first goal, rising junior Mike Klein dribbled the ball at pace down the sideline and crossed it to classmate Shokoufandeh who collected the pass and slid the ball across the goalmouth to Ferry who finished for a 1-0 Penn lead. Ferry doubled his tally when he dribbled into penalty area and fended off a tackle before slotting the ball home.

American made a last-minute attempt to get on the board, scoring in the final five minutes of play.

Penn’s two returning goalkeepers shared responsibilities in net. In both games, the first half was regulated by rising junior Drew Healy and second half saw rising sophomore Kevin Sweetland between the pipes.

The Quakers continue their spring training and will be tested again on April 14 in a tournament at Lehigh against Rutgers and Lehigh.