NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Omid Shokoufandeh headed a shot to the near post off a throw-in from Zach Barnett on the left side to lift the Quaker men's soccer teamover Yale, 2-1. Penn improved to 9-2-3 and 3-1 in the Ivy League and remain tied for second in the standings. Yale dropped to 1-3 in the Ancient Eight and 5-7-2 overall.
The Quakers had several opportunities in the first half. Shokoufandeh put a shot on that beat Yale's keeper, but a defender saved it off the line to keep the Quakers off the board. The senior was called offsides just two minutes earlier and had a goal called back.
With just under 10 minutes to play, Kevin Unger found himself open on the left side with the ball. He hit a crisp shot that bounced past Yale's Travis Chulick to the right post to put the Quakers on the board before halftime. Aaron Ross and Alex Grendi were credited with assists on the play.
Yale came on charging after the break and put a flurry of shots on goal in the opening seconds. Senior goalkeeper Drew Healy and the Penn defense held strong making two saves in that span. Healy had five in the match.Yale kept the pressure on and with 26 minutes left to play, Andy Hackbarth scored the equalizer with a header to the upper left corner after a restart.
Both teams played with intensity in the remaining minutes. Both teams had chances as the clock wound down, but with just more than two minutes left on the clock, Andrew Ferry sent Shokoufandeh on a nice run down the left side. His defender sent it out the side and Barnett ran came across to make the throw. The sophomore had earned three assists on well-placed throw-ins before the game and delivered once again with a toss into the box.
Shokoufandeh headed the throw to the near post to break the tie and give the Quakers the lead that they would not relinquish.
The Quakers return to Rhodes Field Saturday, Nov. 1 for their Homecoming game against Brown. The Bears are tied with Penn for second place at 3-1 in the Ivy League and 9-4-1 overall. The game is set for 7:30 p.m.