Baltimore, Md. Senior Brian Candler recorded his first collegiate goal as the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team battled to a 1-1 draw at Loyola College this afternoon.
“A tie was a fair result for today’s game with both teams playing very well,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “We knew it was a difficult game coming in and we got exactly what we expected. It was great preparation for what we are surely going to face Saturday at Cornell.”
After a scoreless first half, the Quakers (4-2-1) struck first as Candler headed home a Derek Hobson pass at the 66:15 mark. But the Greyhounds (3-4-1) tied the score just 10 minutes later on a goal by Vinnie Piscopo from the weak side. Both teams had scoring opportunities in each overtime period, but neither could find the back of the net. Overall, the Red and Blue held a slight 16-15 shot-advantage over the Greyhounds, but dominated Loyola, 13-5, in corner kicks. Sophomore goalkeeper Daniel Cepero made three saves while Loyola counterpart Justin Chelland had four stops.
Penn is back on the road on Oct. to open Ivy League play at Cornell. The Quakers will be back on Rhodes Field on Oct. 9 as they host Columbia.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.