PHILADELPHIAUniversity of Pennsylvania men’s soccer captain and goalkeeper Daniel Cepero earned his 16th career shutout Sunday giving him the most of any goalkeeper in Penn history. Stonewalling Marist 4-0, the Quakers improved to 2-1 while the Red Foxes fell to 1-4. Penn also claimed the trophy at the Mayor’s Cup, one of the longest running tournaments in college soccer.
“I was impressed with our team’s approach to today’s game,” said the James C. Gentle Head Coach Rudy Fuller. “We came out very sharp and got on top early. It was a complete team performance.”
Sophomore Omid Shokoufandeh put the Quakers on the board early with a shot to the far post from the left of the box at 10:58. Junior Derek Hobson followed with two goals before halftime. He notched his first on a penalty kick at 14:11 and followed it up by beating the keeper and dribbling the ball in at 24:54. Sophomore Mike Klein assisted on the score and was credited with the helper on Penn’s final goal when his shot was rebounded by senior Ryan Tracy who fired it to the back of the net at 83:32.
Defensively, the Red and Blue held Marist to just seven shots. Cepero gathered the two shots that made it to the goal. Marist played three goalkeepers in the match, but the starter Tyler Johnson was assessed the loss. Cepero was named the tournament’s defensive MVP for his performance.
Coming into the weekend, host school Hartwick had won an unprecedented five consecutive Mayor’s Cup titles. Penn defeated Hartwick and Marist, both 2005 College Cup teams, in order to gain the trophy. While an assistant coach at Georgetown in 1995, Coach Fuller’s squad claimed the Cup.
“It is a great accomplishment for our program as the Mayor’s Cup as one of the better known tournaments in the nation,” said Fuller. “We’re proud to have our name on the trophy. We just want to keep the momentum going for our home tournament this weekend.”
The Quakers will host their home-opener with the Penn Soccer Classic, Sept. 15-17. They will take on city-rival St. Joseph’s at 7:30 p.m. Friday under the lights at Rhodes Field. Prior to Penn’s kickoff, Princeton and Duquesne will face off at5 p.m.