PHILADELPHIAThe University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team claimed its third consecutive Penn Soccer Classic title Sunday at Rhodes Field. The Red and Blue defeated Duquesne 1-0 thanks to an early first-half goal from sophomore Alex Grendi. The Quakers improved to 4-1 and the Dukes dropped to 3-3-1.
“This was a tough game,” said James C. Gentle Head Coach Rudy Fuller. “Duquesne is a good team and they did a good job of taking us away from how we like to play. Our guys finding a way to still get the win speaks well of them and the prospects for the season.”
The only goal of the mainly defensive contest was scored at 14:07. Taken down just outside the box, Grendi bent his free kick around the wall of defenders and beat Duke goalkeeper Zach Varga on the right side. It was the only shot Penn put on goal.
Senior captain and goalkeeper Daniel Cepero made three saves in his third consecutive shutout.
The Quakers will take on city rival and Philadelphia Soccer Seven opponent La Salle in a mid-week match, Wednesday on the Explorers' campus. Match time is set for7 p.m. The team will be home again at Rhodes Field for a Saturday’s Ivy League opener against Harvard. Match time is set for 7:30 p.m.
Princeton and Saint Joseph's battled to a 1-1 draw in Sunday's first Classic match-up. The Hawks' Michael McInaw scored the equalizer with less than six minutes remaining in regulation. Jame Wunsch scored for Princeton at 14:31.