Philadelphia Junior Erik Violante scored his second goal of the season in the first half to lift the University of Pennsylvania men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson this afternoon at the Penn Soccer Classic. The host Red and Blue (3-2-0) was a perfect 2-0 on the weekend and captured the Penn Soccer Classic title.
“Today was not our best performance,” Head Coach Rudy Fuller said. “But I do give the guys credit. They did a good job holding on and found a way to give us the win.”
The lone goal of the game came at the 21:13 mark when Violante lined up for a direct kick. His shot broke through the Knights’ (1-3-1) wall of defenders and was deflected into the back of the net by diving goalkeeper Elvir Prasovic. Fairleigh Dickinson, who has gone scoreless in the last three games, had many opportunities to score, outshooting the Quakers 14-7, but failed to find the net. Sophomore Daniel Cepero, in his second shutout of the season, had six saves for Penn while Prasovic stopped four shots.
The Quakers continue their homestand on Friday, Sept. 24 as they host city-rival Drexel at 3:30 p.m. on Rhodes Field.
Penn Soccer Classic Final StandingsPenn (2-0-0) Princeton (1-0-1) South Carolina (0-1-1) Fairleigh Dickinson (0-2-0)
-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant.