PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Jack Gorab scored the equalizer in the 74th minute, classmate Tariq Akeel converted on a penalty kick in the 86th minute, and Brown University men's soccer rallied past Penn, 2-1, on Saturday night at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
The Bears (9-5-1, 3-1-1 Ivy) moved into sole possession of second place in the Ivy League standings with their win over the Quakers (2-9-2, 1-3-1 Ivy). Brown stands at 10 points with two matches to play – at Yale on Nov. 7 and at home vs. league-leading Dartmouth (15 points) on Nov. 14.
Brown has now won each of its last three games while holding a 4-1-0 record in its last five contests and a 4-1-1 mark in its last six outings.
With the hosts trailing 1-0, Gorab (Newport Beach, Calif.) leveled the game at 73:17 with his second goal of the season as he gathered a cross from the right side from junior Nate Pomeroy (Groton, Mass.) and placed a shot into the left side of the goal.
Akeel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) gave the Bears their 2-1 lead at the 85:23 mark as he finished a penalty kick into the right side of the net for his third tally of the season. Freshman Carl Johan Mix (Stockholm, Sweden) drew the penalty as he ran onto a ball sent into the box from senior Will Cross (Nashville, Tenn.) and forced a foul.
Alec Neumann netted the goal for Penn in the 29th minute as he finished off a rebound after Brown freshman goalkeeper Teo Norhagen (Stockholm, Sweden) denied Neumann's initial bid on a penalty kick.
Norhagen made three saves in the match to improve to 4-0-0 while Quaker net-minder Nick Savino turned aside four shots in the loss (2-4-0).
Brown bettered its record against Penn to 4-1-1 in the last six meetings, all of which have come under sixth-year head coach Pat Laughlin.
For the match, the Bears held slight advantages in shots (16-14), shots on goal (6-4), and corner kicks (5-3). Brown accumulated 23 fouls to 13 for the visitors.
Next, Brown continues Ivy play at Yale on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.