Philadelphia Senior Stephen Kroculick netted the game-winner in the 79th minute to lift the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team over No. 18 South Carolina this afternoon at the 2004 Penn Soccer Classic.
“Today was a good character test for our team,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “It was a great win against a very dangerous South Carolina team. Now we have to be ready for a difficult Fairleigh Dickinson squad on Sunday.”
After a scoreless first half, the Quakers (2-2-0) struck first at the 62:27 mark. Senior Joshua Duyan wove through a series of defenders to put home his first goal of the season. The Gamecocks (4-1-0) tied the score just eight minutes later as Sebastian Lindholm scored off a direct kick by Eric Szeszycki at 70:47. But the Red and Blue did not back down as Kroculick took a feed from Duyan and rang home the game-winner from the right side, past a diving Brad Guzan. The goal was Kroculick's second of the year. Sophomore keeper Daniel Cepero made eight saves on the day, while Guzan made four stops.
The Quakers continue play on Sept. 19 at 2:30 p.m., as they host Fairleigh Dickinson at the Penn Soccer Classic on Rhodes Field.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant