PROVIDENCE – A late penalty kick conversion for Brown was the difference in a 2-1 defeat for the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team on Saturday night.
Tariq Akeel sent a penalty to the left corner in the 86th minute, denying the Quakers a road win in Ivy League play. The Bears drew the penalty off of a long service into the box, as Carl Johann Mix knocked the service down with his chest, and was deemed to have been tripped up trying to find the second ball.
Alec Neumann had put the Quakers on the board with his first goal of the season, scoring in the 29th minute. Neumann drew a foul in the penalty area, and stepped up to the spot. His initial shot was saved, but Neumann was first to the rebound and he calmly hammered home the second ball. After leading the Red and Blue with eight goals last season, Neumann’s marker ended a drought of 1286:15 without a goal dating back to the Princeton match in 2014.
The Quakers had chances to add to their lead midway through the second half, the best look coming from Teddie Levenfiche in the 67th minute. Jerel Blades made a nice pass through a defender to a bursting Levenfiche, but his touch went just wide to the right post. Three minutes later, Neumann was close to his second of the match off a Penn corner kick, but his header sailed wide to the far right post.
Brown equalized in the 74th minute on a Jack Gorab goal. He connected for his second of the season, sending a low shot to the far left post off of a pass from Nate Pomeroy.
The Quakers fall to 2-9-1 this season and 1-3-1 in the Ivy League. Brown moves to 9-5-1 and 3-1-1 in the Ivy League.
Penn returns to action on November 3 at West Virginia. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.