The loss drops the Statesmen to 7-7-2 overall and 2-5-1 in the MCC, but more importantly lands Penn in the #8 position for the MCC Tournament, which begins next Sunday. The team has drawn regular season champion and #1 overall seed Grand View in the quarterfinals. Penn fell 5-0 to the #15 nationally-ranked Vikings (14-1, 7-1 MCC) on September 25.
Penn had a great start to Saturday's matchup as Daniel Beseau
(Fr., Florissant, Mo., Timberland HS) put the Statesmen ahead 1-0 in the 44th minute off a pass from Jordan Hoffman
(Fr., Hyde Park, Skyview HS). The goal is his third, while the assist is Hoffman's third as well.
Nearly a half hour later, Nick Gorrie
(Fr., Kilmarnock, Scotland, Grange Academy) doubled the advantage to two in the 71st minute with his team-leading 11th score of the fall. The assist was credited to Danny Aguerre
(Sr., Salt Lake City, Utah, Iowa Western CC), his first of 2010.
Gorrie is currently seventh on Penn's all-time single-season goals list and ninth in points (23).
Unfortunately, right after the second goal was recorded, the momentum switched violently in favor of St. Ambrose (6-10-2, 3-4-1) as Kendrick Tyson scored in the 75th and 77th minutes to knot the game.
Then, as the seconds waned, Curtis Howard put the hosts up for good in the 89th minute and the Fighting Bees held on for victory. The win helped St. Ambrose secure the #5 seed (and a quarterfinal matchup with #4 Viterbo), the spot Penn would have earned had it come away on top.
Penn held a 9-8 advantage in shots, led by five by Gorrie.Tadeo Cavazos
(Sr., Baytown, Texas, Lee HS) recorded two saves in the loss.Next:
Penn hosts non-conference foe William Woods (Mo.) Tuesday in its regular season finale at 5 p.m.