AU Men's Soccer Falls in Princeton Invitational Final, 1-0, to Penn

AU Men's Soccer Falls in Princeton Invitational Final, 1-0, to Penn

Sept. 14, 2008

Box Score

PRINCETON, N.J. - The American University men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Penn on Sunday on the closing day of the Princeton Invitational. The Eagles are now 3-3 on the season, while the Quakers improve to 3-0-1.

The lone goal of the day would come at 23:26. Penn's Alex Fairman took a corner kick for the Quakers and the Eagles were called for a foul in the box, setting up a penalty shot. Omid Shokoufandeh converted from the PK spot and the tally would hold up for the game-winner.

American had a few chances late in the first half to tie the score, but Jamie Davin sent a shot off of a Luis Martinez corner kick wide and Anthony Moy's attempt off a Martinez corner was blocked.

Penn took a 5-3 shot advantage into the second half, but the Eagles picked up their offense and outshot the Quakers 7-3 over the final 45 minutes of play. The Eagles took five corner kicks in the second half compared to the Quakers' one, but could not convert.

"I'm frustrated that we didn't come to play from the opening whistle," said AU head coach Todd West. "We have to get better for our two games this week and conference wars in less than two weeks."

Davin led AU with three shots. Matt Makowski made three saves in goal for the Eagles and Phil Purdy was credited with a defensive save when he cleared a ball off the line at the 9:03 mark.

The Eagles will return to non-conference action on Wednesday when they host James Madison at 3 p.m. on Reeves Field.