Offensive Explosion Powers Men's Soccer Past La Salle, 5-0

Penn 5, La Salle 0 Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - While the seven freshmen members of Penn's men's soccer team missed the first half of the Red and Blue's game for a mandatory orientation event for all of Penn's freshmen, there was no orientation needed when it came to finding La Salle's goal in the second half.

Stephen Baker had two goals and an assist in the final 45 minutes, while fellow first-year players Nicky Yin and Jonny Dolezal each added their first collegiate assists to help Penn blow open the match for a 5-0 win.

The rookies expanded a lead built by veterans in the first half off set pieces. Jason Gorskie settled a throw in from Zach Barnett in the 23rd minute and fired a ball past Kyle Quigley. Eight minutes later, Christian Barreiro lined up a free kick after a La Salle foul and rifled a shot top corner to add to the lead.

La Salle spent the final 63 minutes of the game playing a man down after a red card was issued to Austin Johnson for a high elbow collision. The Quakers scored four of their goals after the red card, taking advantage of the space and the tiring of La Salle's defense.

In the second half, Baker, Yin and Dolezal all entered after completing their work at Penn's mandatory orientation event. In the 63rd minute, Baker broke down the left side in front of Penn's bench and went high middle on Quigley for his second goal of the season. Less than a minute later, Baker initiated another scoring play, working with Yin to pop a long pass that bounced up and over the defense. Travis Cantrell was the recipient of the pass and after dribbling around the keeper deposited the ball in the open net.

Scoring on an open cage sounds easy, but ask Baker just how simple it is. He was all alone after working past Quigley, but his shot hit square on the post.

A few minutes later (83rd to be exact) he added to his scoring tally, finally figuring out how to solve a wide-open goal. Dolezal fired a pass up the middle, and Baker deked out the goalie and went low and sure, finding twine to give Penn a 5-0 lead. He tried for the hat trick, getting off three more shots in the final minutes, but replacement keeper John McCarthy made a few brilliant saves to deny him the trick.

In goal for Penn, Ben Berg registered his second shutout of the season, making five saves on 11 total La Salle shots. Steven Schlaefer slid over to center back and manned the middle on defense in place of injured Jake Levin, keeping sightlines clear for Berg.

In addition to Baker's seven shots in a half of play, Barreiro and Loukas Tasigianis each had five shots for Penn, which outshot La Salle, 26-11.

The Quakers are now 2-0 to start 2010. Up next is a date with George Mason Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. Revenge may be on the minds of some veteran Quakers as GMU knocked Penn out of the NCAA Tournament in 2008.

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