PHILADELPHIAThe University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team collected its first win of the season with a 2-1 decision over 2005 NCAA College Cup qualifier Hartwick Friday night as part of the Mayor's Cup being hosted by the Hawks. The Quakers improved to 1-1-0, while the hosts fell to 1-3-1 on the season.
“It was a very fast and exciting game,” saidPenn's James C. Gentle Head Coach of Men's Soccer, Rudy Fuller. “Hartwick gave us everything we could handle and put us on our heels in the second half. Our guys did very well keeping them at bay to earn the win. It was a hard-earned victory.”
Senior Ryan Tracy scored the match-winner at 37:37, after sophomore Ryan Porch sent the ball in. The first half was busy, with Alex Grendi starting thescoring with an unassisted goal in the 13th minute. After gaining possession at midfield, the sophomore dribbled forward and blasted the ball past the Hartwick keeper.
Hartwick’s lone score was sandwiched between Penn's goals and came at 28:53.The Quakerscleared the ball on a restart, but when the ball was sent in a second time they were unable to keep the Hawks’ Tyler Hemming fromslippinga shot through.
Senior captain Daniel Cepero made seven saves in the contest, while Hartwick’s Joe Gibson tallied two.
“Hartwick is a quality team, year in and year out,” said Fuller. “Beating them at home is no small feat. As happy as we are with the win, we now need to look forward and prepare for Marist on Sunday.”
The Quakers will take on the Red Foxes, another 2005 NCAA College Cup qualifier, Sunday at 1 p.m. to wrap up the Mayor’s Cup. Marist suffered its third loss of the season, 2-0, at the hands of Towson in the first matchof the tournament earlier Friday.