PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The Dartmouth men’s soccer team struggled offensively for the third consecutive game and fell to Ivy League foe Penn, 3-0, on Saturday evening at Rhodes Field.
After finishing the month of September with a 4-0-3 record, the Big Green has fallen into a slump and is now winless in its past four games. Dartmouth on the season is 4-3-4 and 0-3 in the Ancient Eight.
Penn’s Duke Lacroix had his hand in all three goals tonight, leading his team with two goals and an assist. After shutting out Dartmouth, Penn (5-6-1, 2-0-1 Ivy) remains as the only team to not allow a goal in all three league games.
Although the score did not positively reflect the fight of the Big Green, the visitors managed to take 16 shots, with five reaching goal. The Green and White tested Penn netminder Tyler Kinn early in the second-half with four shots in a three-minute span from juniors Stefan Defregger and Colin Heffron.
Already trailing 1-0, after a goal by Alec Neumann in the 15th minute, Penn struck again. This time it was Neumann getting credited with an assist on Lacroix’s tally in the 65th minute. Neumann's original shot was deflected allowing Lacroix to shoot mid-goal for his fifth of the season.
Lacroix continued to pester Dartmouth sophomore goalie Stefan Cleveland and rallied off three more attempts before he was awarded a successful penalty kick to take a 3-0 lead after a yellow card was issued to the Big Green.
Dartmouth nearly cut the deficit late in the game on shots by junior Alex Adelabu and Defregger, but the Quakers defense and Kinn preserved the shutout.
Cleveland finished the game with five saves, as did his counterpart Kinn. Dartmouth finished the contest out shooting Penn, 16-15, with 11 shots coming in the second half and a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks.
The Big Green will remain on the road for one more non-conference game when they meet Colgate on Tuesday evening in attempts to snap the four-game winless streak. The match is set to begin at 7 pm.