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NEW HAVEN - During the almost three years he has been playing soccer at Penn, a Stephen Baker goal has been a virtual guarantee of a Penn win. Entering this weekend, he had scored 18 goals in his career, and Penn had been 12-0-0 in games where Baker had found the back of the net. That streak came to an end on Saturday at Yale as Penn was denied by two second-half Yale goals in a 2-1 loss.
Stephen Baker put the first number on the board with his sixth goal of the season on a penalty kick in the 66' for his first career PK goal. Penn was on the offensive, earning the penalty kick after a Yale defender hauled down Penn's attacker in the box. Baker went to the right, Bulldog goalkeeper Bobby Thalman getting a piece of the ball, but not enough.
For the third time this season, Penn quickly conceded the tying goal via a Scott Armburst goal just 3:38 after Baker had given Penn the lead. Armburst found space at the top of the box, collected a Jenner Fox pass and scored inside the near post to tie the match.
Fox again initiated a scoring play for Yale, sending a cross to Peter Jacobson who one-timed in a shot on a 2-on-1 to net the game-winner.
Penn entered the weekend as one of five Division I programs without a clean sheet in 2012 and with just six clean halves over 12 matches to start the season. Max Kurtzman made two saves in the opening 45' to hold Yale scoreless, but Armburst's goal in the 70' again denied Penn a shutout - extending Penn's run without a clean sheet to 23 matches.
Baker, Travis Cantrell and Jonny Dolezal led Penn with two shots each. Dolezal was inches from scoring in the 63', chipping a lob shot over a charging Thalman which just went over the crossbar. Max Kurtzman finished with four saves. Thalman was a big reason Yale was able to come back, making five of his six saves in the second half.
The Quakers return to Rhodes Field on October 27 for Homecoming against Brown at 7:30 p.m. The Red and Blue will be honoring the anniversaries of the 1962, 1972 and 2002 Ivy League championship teams as well as the 1971 and 1973 NCAA Championships qualifying teams.