PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team staged a second half comeback forcing overtime, but ultimately fell to American, 2-1, Wednesday in Washington, D.C. In losing their second straight, the Quakers fell to 7-4-1, while the Eagles improved to 5-8-3 and remained undefeated at home.
Penn struggled defensively in the first half, was outshot9-3 and conceded a goal in the 22nd minute.
Refocused after halftime, junior Keith Vereb scored his first goal of the season with a header in the 76th minute. Sophomore Omid Shokoufandeh fed him the ball with a cross and tallied his fourth season assist.
In overtime, the Red and Blue outshot American 4-2, but was unable to put away its chances. The Eagles’ Sal Caccavale nailed his fourth goal of the season at 95:47 and sealed the win.
Senior goalkeeper Daniel Cepero made six saves, as did American’s keeper, Ryan Leonard.
The Quakers faceonly Ivy League competition from here on out. The team travels to New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale (4-8-1, 1-3-0 Ivy) Saturday night. The Bulldogs are currently seventh in the Ivy League standings, while Penn is tied with Harvard for first.