Penn 1, Columbia 0 Box Score
PHILADELPHIA – Travis Cantrell is making quite a name for himself as a clutch goal-scorer in Ivy League play.
The sophomore came through again for the Quakers, scoring the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Columbia at Rhodes Field on Saturday night. With the win, No. 23 Penn improves to 2-0-0 in the Ivy League (8-2-0 overall). Columbia drops to 4-6-1 and 0-2-0 in Ivy play.
The game-winner was for Cantrell was the second in two weeks, as he provided the difference-maker in the 89th minute of Penn’s 1-0 win at Cornell. This week, he did not wait until the final moments, getting his foot on a Christian Barreiro pass in the 38th minute. Barreiro did good work down the far lank for his third assist of the season, creating space and threading the ball into the box where a charging Cantrell beat Columbia keeper Alex Aurrichio to the ball for his fourth goal of the season.
The goal was Cantrell’s third in Ivy play over his one-plus seasons at Penn. All three have been game-winners and all three have been the difference in one-goal matches. In addition to the pair this season, he also connected in Penn’s 1-0 win over Yale last Oct. 24.
That Cantrell’s goal stood up is thanks to the work of Penn’s defense. Columbia turned on the jets in the second half, unleashing 10 shots and forcing Penn keeper Ben Berg to make five saves. Berg was continuously busy as the Lions earned eight corners in the second half. Berg’s biggest save came early in the second half as Will Stamatis found open space at the top of the box and forced Berg to make a point-blank save. Berg stood tall, keeping the Lions off the board and earning his fourth clean sheet of the season.
Penn finds itself tied atop the Ivy standings with Princeton after the first two weeks of Ancient Eight play as both clubs are 2-0-0 in Ivy matches. The Quakers are back in action Oct. 12 against American in a non-conference match at Rhodes Field at 7 p.m.