PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Alex Grendi scored his first career goal nine minutes into the game and classmate Mike Klein added a latetally as the No. 18 University of Pennsylvania men's soccer team defeated Loyola College, 2-0, Tuesday afternoon.
The Quakers (6-1-0) are off to their best start since going 6-1 to begin the 2002 season.It was also the fifth shutout of the season for junior goalkeeper Dan Cepero. The Greyhounds(1-6-1) continued a skid that has seenthem go winless in the last seven games.
Penn got off to a quick start when Grendi caught a ball off a rebound and drove it point-blank into the back of the net. The Quakers continued to pressure for the rest of the first half, outshooting the Greyhounds 6-2.
Loyola fought back in the second half, however, but was unable to capitalize on several excellent chances by Vinnie Piscopo. In the 82nd minute, Klein scored the insurance goal, his third of the season,from an awkward anglethanks to Andrew Ferry's feed.
"Loyola really came at us in the second half," said Head Coach Rudy Fuller. "I was pleased my guys got through the rough patch to get that second goal."
Cepero made three saves to preserve the shutout, while counterpart Justin Chelland had six stops.
Earlier in the day, the Quakers found out they were ranked 18th in the nation in the most recent NSCAA/adidas coaches' poll. They are also ranked second in the Mid-Atlantic region.
The game will be shown on a tape-delay basis on CN8 at noon on Sunday. It can also be seen via streaming video on CN8's web site at www.cn8.tv.
Penn returns to action Saturday night for the Ivy League opener against Cornell at 7:30 p.m. That game will be the first-ever night match at Rhodes Field.