No. 14 Quakers Defeat No. 13 Brown 1-0
Philadelphia, PA- Stephen Baker scored just 22 minutes into the game to help lead the No. 14 University of Pennsylvania Quakers to a 1-0 defeat over the No. 13 Brown men's soccer team on Saturday night at Rhodes Field. The Quakers improved to 12-3-0 overall and remain a perfect 5-0-0 in the Ivy League, while the Bears dropped to 10-3-2 overall with a 2-2-1 mark in the Ancient Eight.
The game was a defensive battle as Penn held Brown to just 12 shots overall and Brown held the Quakers to just five in the 90-minute game. But Penn's Baker came up with the eventual game-winner in the 22nd minute of play after Loukas Tasigianis passed the ball to Baker who accepted the pass and dribbled by goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand and put the ball into the open goal. Baker's shot on goal was the only shot on goal the Quakers came up with.
Freshman Bobby Belair led the Bears' attack with three shots, two of which were on goal, while junior forward Sean Rosa and Austin Mandel both took two shots, and each had one on goal. But Penn keeper Ben Berg racked up five saves on the night and recorded his eighth shutout of the year.
The Bears had a few good looks on the goal late in the game, including a header by T.J. Popolizio that was saved by Berg in the 53rd minute, as Okafor blasted a shot in the 64th minute that missed wide. Belair had the Bears' final look at the net when he tried in the 87th minute, but Berg came up with his final save of the nigh to earn the win.
Brown held the 12-5 advantage in shots for the game, but Penn led 5-3 in corner kicks.
The Bears are back in action on Saturday, Nov. 6 when it hosts Yale at 7:00 p.m. The Bears will honors its five seniors prior to kick-off; Paul Grandstrand, Ian Smith, Sean McGrath, David Walls and Jon Okafor.