PHILADELPHIA--The Penn men's soccer team won its home opener over Hartwick, 2-1, at Rhodes Field in the Penn Soccer Classic. The win was also the Quakers' first of the season and improved to 1-3. Hartwick fell to 3-2 on the season.
The Quakers got on the board early with a score from Kevin Unger at 14:09. Junior Alex Grendi dished his classmate the ball for Unger to send low to the right side. It was Unger's second goal of the season and also the second time the two combined for a score this season.
Though both teams saw some chances in the remaining 30 minutes, neither were able to capitalize and break with Penn up 1-0.
In the second, the Hawks came out on a mission and scored in the 46th minute. With commotion around the Penn goal, John Paul Boyle beat Quaker keeper Drew Healy.
Healy made two saves in his first collegiate win. Hartwick's goalie, Jeremy Vuolo made one save in the loss.
Penn tallied the match-winner at 62:27 when senior tri-captain Derek Hobson finished a through ball from juniors John Elicker and Brian Mascarenhas.
The rain started misting as the match wound down, similarly a storm was brewing on the field with a frustrated Hartwick team collecting four cards in the remaining time. In the game, the Hawks had six and Penn was assessed two.
The Quakers now turn their attention to La Salle on Sunday with kick-off at 2:30 p.m. The Red and Blue will be playing for at least a share of its fourth consecutive Penn Soccer Classic title. La Salle dropped a 1-0 decision to Lafayette in the first game, Friday. The Leopards will take on Hartwick at noon on Sunday.