Philadelphia Senior Joe Klein and junior Erik Violante each tallied second-half goals but it was not enough as the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team fell to No. 14 Seton Hall, 5-2, this afternoon. After cruising during a seven-game unbeaten streak, the Quakers have dropped their last three contests.
Seton Hall (11-5-1, 5-4-0 Big East) wasted little time getting on the scoreboard as Sacha Kljestan scored 1:17 into the game. Kljestan then recorded his second goal of the day at 12:16 to give the Pirates a 2-0 lead. Klejstan continued to be involved in Seton Hall’s scoring as he fed Mark Pedreiras at 43:57 to put the Pirates ahead, 3-0. Pedreiras added another goal at 58:59 extending the lead to, 4-0. Both Pedreiras and Kljestan finished the day with five points apiece for the Pirates.
The Quakers (6-5-2, 2-1-1 Ivy League) got on the board at 74:27 as Klein recorded his first goal of the season upon substituting into the game. After the Pirates extended the lead to 5-1 in the 81st minute, Violante tallied his third goal of the season on a penalty kick.
Penn held a slight 13-12 advantage in shots. Sophomore keeper Daniel Cepero, who allowed five goals for the first time in his career, made four stops, while Boris Pardo also made four saves.
The Red and Blue looks to rebound against Brown on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 2:30 p.m. on Rhodes Field.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.