Ithaca, N.Y. - Second half goals from Arthur Bartholomew and Derrick Jumper lifted the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Cornell this evening in the Ivy League opener.
“It’s always difficult to win on the road in the Ivy League, so to get one up at Cornell is a great start. It’s crucial to start the League schedule off with a win and gain momentum in order to be successful over the course of the season,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “Once again, we receive some tremendous contributions from our bench, in particular Jon Blackwell, Matt Waddell, Jon Abelson, who all played very well for us. We look forward to another challenging match against Columbia this weekend at home.”
The first half was a back and forth battle between the teams, both getting scoring opportunities but each team was unable to capitalize. After going into the half scoreless, the Quakers (5-2-1, 1-0 Ivy League)jumped out in front early in the second half, when David Maier foundBartholomew near midfield. Bartholomew streaked down the right side of the field and blasted a shot from outside the box that sailed into the net, just past Cornell (1-7-0, 0-1 Ivy League)senior goalkeeper David Mahoney's fingertips. Penn picked up an insurance goal in the 85th minute, when Jumper beat his defender and went in on the Cornell net from the left side. Jumper took a shot from a tough angle, but was able to fit the ball in between a diving Mahoney and the left post.
The Quakers outshot the Big Red in the match 12-8. Mahoney had five saves on the night, while Penn's Daniel Cepero turned away two Big Red shots.
The Red and Blueis back in action on Oct. 9 as it hosts Columbia at Rhodes Field.