Neumann's Brace, Golden Goal Guides Men's Soccer to Ivy Opening Road Win

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ITHACA, N.Y. - To say senior captain Alec Neumann is on a hot streak for the University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team would be something of an understatement. The New Hope, Pa. native notched two goals on Sunday evening, the second a golden goal winner in the 102nd minute, to lead the Quakers to a 2-1 Ivy League-opening road victory over Cornell.

How it Happened
Locked in a tight, scoreless contest at the half, the Quakers (3-1-4, 1-0-0) came out blazing in the second period as Neumann tallied his first goal of the night on a feed from junior Joe Swenson, just two minutes after the break. Swenson found the senior cutting through the box before Neumann put the finishing touches on the shot, rocketing the ball into the top-right corner of the goal. Penn continued to apply pressure throughout the remainder of the contest, highlighted by several key chances from freshman Dami Omitaomu who forced the Big Red keeper to make several one-on-one saves. 

Just over three minutes from sealing the win, Cornell (0-8-2, 0-1-0) flipped the script, finding an opening as Ryan Watters crossed the ball to Jack Ferguson, who headed home the equalizer in the 86th minute. The visitors had to dodge several key chances in the waning seconds to avoid a last-second win from the Big Red.

Playing in familiar territory, as Sunday's match marked Penn's sixth overtime contest in eight games this fall, the Quakers struck first in extra time, putting together a flurry of shots in the 94th minute, none of which could proved successful. After both teams featured one threat early in the double overtime period, Swenson again found Neumann, this time on the back post, to seal the win and three points for the Red and Blue in the 102nd minute. 

Inside the Numbers
Neumann's brace adds to his conference-best six goal total for the year, five of which have come in the past two contests for the Quakers. Swenson's two assists are his first of the season.

Emblematic of a match among teams in the Ancient Eight, Penn and Cornell finished the 103 minutes with 20 shots each, while the Quakers held the advantage in corner kicks, 6-4.  The Red and Blue have defeated the Big Red in four-straight meetings. 

Penn currently sits atop the Ivy League standings with a 1-0-0 record, the only team to notch a victory on opening weekend as six squads across the conference notched draws. 

Sophomore Etan Mabourakh returned to the goal after a game off, grabbing seven saves, the majority of which came late in regulation and overtime. 

What's Next?
The Quakers take a step out of Ivy League play on Wednesday, playing host to the Delaware Blue Hens on Rhodes Field at 7 p.m.