PHILADELPHIA--Join Penn Athletic Communications for an in-game blog during tonight's matchvs. American. The teams will kick off at 7 p.m.
A few notes on the match today:Junior Mike Klein was named the Ivy League Player of the Week, Monday. It was the junior’s first weekly honor of the season, and the second of his career. Klein was also named the Philadelphia Soccer Seven’s Co-Player of the Week. The forward scored two goals in a span of five minutes to lift the Quakers over Columbia in the Ivy League opener for both teams. Klein’s goals were his first of the season, though it was the second two-goal match of his career. It was also the second time in his three-year career that he scored the match-winner vs. the Lionsin his freshman campaign, Klein scored the overtime-winner at Columbia. Penn will look to avenge last season’s 2-1 overtime loss to the Eagles. Rookie Loukas Tasigianis, who assisted on Klein’s first goal, was named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll. Penn’s offense has come alive in the past two weeks. The Quakers have scored eight of their 15 goals in the three matches, leading up to today. Nine different players have scored this season. Junior Alex Grendi leads the team in points (9) and assists (5) while classmate Andrew Ferry is second on the team in points (8) and first in goals (3). Both rank among the top-10 point-scorers in the Ivy League. In goal, Drew Healy has made 29 saves, has a 1.31 goals-against average and is 2-2-2 this season. In the coincidences category ... Former Penn keeper Dan Cepero and former American forward Sal Caccavale are on the same side now, having both signed with Red Bull New York of MLS earlier this yearbut it was Caccavale that scored the overtime goal on Cepero last season to give American the win. On this day in Quaker history ... Oct. 9, 2004: Penn extended its unbeaten streak to six games as the Quakers blanked Columbia, 2-0. Rookie Jon Blackwell netted his first collegiate goal in the win.
Scouting the Eagles ...Most recently, American played to a scoreless tie with Lafayette. The team has struggled offensively, being shut out in five of the last six matches and producing just eight goals this season. The Eagles are led by forward Daniel Shannon with six points (2g, 2a). In goal, Chris Sedlak holds a 1.59 goals-against average and has registered three shutouts.
6:30 p.m. - We're 30 minues from kick-off. The cool front that the weathermen have been promising finally came this afternoon, but it also brought some wind and I don't want to say it and jinx it, but maybe some R-A-I-N.
6:55 p.m. - There is a storm moving through central PA and we're keeping an eye on that in case of lightening. We're just getting to the announcements and here are the starters... for American, Cameron Petty, Cooper Bryant, Karsten Smith, Jake Van Yahres, Dor Yasur, Anthony Moy, JP Kuykendall, Colin Zizzi, Tremaine Chinapoo, Ryan Baker and in goal, Chris Sedlak. For Penn: Keith Vereb, Brian Mascarenhas, John Elicker, Jeff Livingston, Derek Hobson, Ryan Porch, Kevin Unger, Alex Grendi, Mike Klein, Andrew Ferry and in goal, Drew Healy.
45:00 - And we're off.
42:01 - American steals the ball and the player nearly makes the turn to breakaway, but Vereb is there to cut him off and turn the play back to midfield.
40:35 - Foul American at midfield.
37:10 - American has a chance, Moy beat his defender and had a shot, but Healy made a great save.
34:28 - Corner for Penn, Klein takes it, sends it in, Penn tries to flick it in with a header, but it goes wide
32:40 - Sedlak gets called for stepping out of the box, still holding the ball. Penn gets a free kick from the right side. Vereb takes it, but it is blocked by a defender out of bounds. Livingston takes the long throw in and Vereb is up with the header, but Sedlak make a good leaping save.
30:10 - American is attacking from the right, but Penn is able to clear to the midfield.
28:30 - Play quickly comes back to the Eagles attacking third. Penn defenders take away a scoring chance on the right side, but the ball isn't cleared out of the box and Cameron Petty scores for American from Colin Zizzi on the left side. American leads 1-0.
24:08 - Penn gets some momentum with a counter attack but American employs a swarming defense and Grendi can't get a shot off.
22:03 - AU gets back-to-back cornerkicks ... the second Baker gets a shot, but Healy is there for the save. The play goes quickly to the other end and cornerkick for Penn.
18:37 - Subs in for Penn: Fairman, Frank, Olopade and Tasigianis in for Porch, Ferry, Grendi and Klein. For American, Fredericks for Moy.
13:33 - American has a couple chances, but despite some chaos, Penn is able to keep them from shooting.
10:10 - Penn sends a long ball across and Tasigianis has the wheels to get to it before his defender, but his shot goes wide.
10:27 - Cornerkick for Penn. Frank takes it, long to Tasigianis on the right, who picks it up, but it heads out the end.
6:30 - American is spending time on the right side, but Penn's defense keeps booting it out and keeps AU from getting any momentum.
4:43 - Tasigianis has a shot that sails high over the goal.
2:10 - Unger sends a nice ball to Hobson, but it is just a little too far and he doesn't get a shot.
00:11 - GOAL PENN! Rich Frank leads his defender on the left side and takes a shot - deflected, Hobson takes a go at it, this time saved and finally Tasigianis capitalizes on the chaos and knocks it in to tie the match just before half time.
00:00 - Halftime, Penn 1, American 1 ... Shots: Penn 8, AU 3... Saves: Penn (Healy) 2, AU (Sedlak) 3 ... Corners: Penn 4, AU 2 ... Fouls: Penn 4, American 4 ... no cards. Scoring summary: AU 16:30 - Petty (Zizzi) ... Penn 44:49 - Tasigianis (Hobson, Frank).
45:00 - AU kicks off.
40:43 - Tasigianis has another nice shot, but it is waved off - offsides.
37:37 - Both teams are playing with a lot of long horizontal passes, using both sides of the field.
34:58 - Moy is in good position, but Penn's defense locks down and doesn't allow possession. Defense doing well keeping AU's chances to a minimum.
33:22 - Mike Klein is showing his experience with lots of poise and speed playing well on bothends of the field.
32:55 - Shokoufandeh in for Ferry.
29:53 - Clock is stopped for Karsten Smith who is down, but he's alright and checks back in.
29:40 - Livingston sends a great cross to Tasigianis, who has a great shot that is saved, but it is whistledoffsides.
29:53 - Penn gets back-to-back corners
26:02: PENN GOAL! Omid Shokoufandeh beats his defender and crosses to Derek Hobson who knocks it past Sedlak.
22:52 - We've got some heavy mist, but no real drops... yet.
28:18 - I spoke too soon... rain is here... blog is over.
9:26 p.m. - Back inside where it's dry, we got the match in literally minutes before the lightening and heavy rain came. Penn held on for the 2-1 win.
A full recap and results will appear in a new article.s