Men's Soccer Stuns No. 20 Brown, 1-0

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.- The Penn men's soccer team got a goal from junior Loukas Tasigianis in the 15th minute, then withstood a furious challenge in the second half to stun 20th-ranked Brown Sunday at Stevenson Field, 1-0.

The win moved youthful Penn to .500 overall (6-6-3) and in Ivy League play (2-2-1). Brown, meanwhile, lost for just the second time this season in falling to 8-2-5 overall; the Bears were also dealt a serious blow to their Ivy title aspirations, falling to 3-2-0.

"This was a huge result for us," said Pennhead coach Rudy Fuller. "Brown is obviously very good, and they were undefeated at home going into this game. We knew it was going to be a huge challenge, but the guys responded.

"We still think we have a chance at defending our Ivy title," he continued. "There is the feeling we're being overlooked by some of the other teams in the league. Today was a great opportunity to stay in the race, and we took advantage."

Tasigianis' third goal of the season came after Aaron Ross played a ball in to freshman Michael Kozak. He tipped the ball to Tasigianis, and the junior pushed it into the lower right corner past Brown goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand.

After that, it was up to the Penn defense to keep the potent Bears offense off the board, and the Quakers were successful in gaining their second straight shutout (both in Ivy League play). Freshman Garon Smith got the start in goal, and had three saves in both halves to keep the Bears off the board.

"You knew that, as the game wore on, Brown would throw the kitchen sink at us," said Fuller. "I thought we had a good stretch early in the game and were rewarded with a goal. After that, they came at us pretty hard, but we made plays when we needed to and they had a bit of bad fortune at times. Garon had a great day in goal for us."

Penn returns to action Saturday, hosting Princeton at Rhodes Field. That game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., following the Penn-Princeton women's soccer game that kicks off at 5 p.m.

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