PHILADELPHIA - Penn and No. 25 Yale tied, 1-1, in men's soccer action Saturday evening at a rain-soaked Rhodes Field.
Alex Grendi put the Quakers (8-3-1, 2-1-1 Ivy) on top in the 56th minute when he curled a beautiful free kick that settled just under the crossbar out of the reach of Yale goalkeeper Erik Geiger. However, the Bulldogs (6-2-4, 2-1-1) were able to come back and tie things 10 minutes later when Tyler Guse stole the ball from a Penn defender and rifled home a shot from about 20 yards out.
Penn had two great chances to win the match during the second overtime.Derek Hobson's volley went high and Ryan Tracy's long-range shot came agonizingly close to the crossbar. The Quaker defense held Yale without a shot in either overtime period.
The game represented the third-straight overtime match in Ivy League play for the Quakers. They had won their previous games at Columbia (1-0 in the first overtime) and at home against Dartmouth (1-0 in double overtime).
Daniel Cepero had four saves in the Penn goal, while Geiger finished with six stops at the other end. Penn outshot the 25th-ranked Bulldogs on the evening, 14-10.
"It was an entertaining game between two very good teams," said Head Coach Rudy Fuller. "I don't think either team deserved to lose tonight."
The Quakers are back in action Tuesday, hosting Hartwick at Rhodes Field. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
Written by Mike Mahoney, director of athletic communications