Philadelphia The No. 14 University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team had its seven-game unbeaten streak snapped this afternoon with a 1-0 loss to No. 25 University of Maryland. The loss was the Quakers (6-3-2, 2-0-1 Ivy League) first at home since Nov. 8, 2003. It was the first time Penn has been shutout in 14 games dating back to Oct. 29, 2003 against Seton Hall.
“This was a very challenging game. Maryland was able to get to the first and second balls quickly. They came out very fast and put us under a lot of pressure,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “We learned some lessons today that will help us down the road and against Yale on Saturday night.”
After both teams played an aggressive, scoreless first half, Maryland (9-4-1, 2-2-1 ACC) came out strong in the second half, taking two shots in the first two minutes. However, sophomore keeper Daniel Cepero made two outstanding saves to keep the Terrapins off the board. Maryland finally broke the stalemate at 51:36 as Stephen King connected with Domenic Mediate who slipped the ball past Cepero. The Red and Blue had several scoring chances in the second half, with the best opportunity coming at 82:10 when rookie Jon Blackwell’s header went just wide. Cepero made nine saves for the Quakers, while his counterpart, Noah Palmer made two.
Penn looks to remain undefeated in Ivy League play as it travels to Yale on Saturday, Oct. 23. The Quakers are back on Rhodes Field on Oct. 26 as they take on Seton Hall at 2 p.m.
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.