Tasigianis' PK in Overtime Sends Men's Soccer to Victory over Lafayette

Penn 2, Lafayette 1 (OT) Box Score

PHILADELPHIA - After Penn clawed its way back into a match with Lafayette, tying the contest in the 51st minute, senior Loukas Tasigianis found the game on his foot in the 92nd minute as he lined up a penalty kick.

The veteran with a flair for the dramatic - evidenced by his overtime Ivy title-clincher in 2008 - took advantage of a handball by Lafayette in the box, letting the keeper make the first move before lacing the ball to the back of the net for a 2-1 Penn win in overtime.

The victory, Penn's second in extra time over the weekend, helped Penn defend its Penn Soccer Classic championship. George Mason finished second with a win at Villanova on Sunday while Lafayette and 'Nova each ended the weekend with one point.

Tasigianis' penalty kick gave Penn a positive finish to the match, a result that may have seemed unlikely after the first 45 minutes. The Leopards were all over Penn in the opening half, beating Penn to loose balls and outshooting the Quakers, 7-2, in the first frame. The Leopards scored first on a Kyle Scharfenberg goal in the 16th minute. The score came off a set piece, as Stephen Macurdy started a corner for Lafayette and Scharfenberg's headed it home for his second goal of the season.

In the second half, Penn came out looking to initiate action and dictate the pace. The Red and Blue were rewarded in the 51st minute on a goal from Thomas Brandt. The junior had moved up to the midfield after the break, and was in perfect position near the goal to re-direct a Travis Cantrell shot past goalkeeper Andrew Pianko. For Brandt, the goal was his second in as many games, establishing a new career high for goals in a season.

The Quakers outshot Lafayette in the second half, 7-4, and were led by Stephen Baker's game-high five shots. The freshman was held scoreless for the first time in his career, but still was involved in the action up top. Sean Peckham has two shots for Lafayette, including a free kick which curled its way past Penn keeper Ben Berg - but square into the post in the 29th minute which would have doubled the lead. Later in the first half, Peckham was denied by Berg on a good chance following a yellow card on Penn's Steven Schlaefer.

Berg finished with six saves en route to his fourth win of the season. His four victories in 2010 match his single-season high and double his career record.

The Quakers are 4-0-0 for the first time since 2005. They take their perfect record into a weekend of matches with Big East foes - home against Villanova on Sept. 17 and at Georgetown on Sept. 19.

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