With its convincing 2-1 victory over fourth-ranked Penn, Harvard's soccer team remained unbeaten through eight games and moved up a place in this week's UPI poll to become the number-two team in the country behind the University of San Francisco.
Harvard passed St. Louis University, last week's second-ranked team, by receiving 289 points to St. Louis' 285 points. San Francisco retained first place, which it has held all season, by collecting 315 points.
Penn, meanwhile, dropped to tenth place in the UPI ratings, losing its first game in eight starts.
Although a fourth-quarter goal by Penn's Bruno Vogt ended Harvard goalie Bill Meyers' shut-out streak at 29 periods, Meyers still leads Ivy League goalies, having allowed only one goal in five league matches.
Crimson forward Solomon Gomez kept up his league-Ieading scoring pace by notching two of Harvard's three goals against Penn. Gomez now has six goals and three assists for nine points, to lead Brown's Brooks Morin by three points.
Harvard halfback Bezo Cutler broke his leg in the last quarter against Penn and will be lost for the season.
Elsewhere in the Ivy League, Steve Davidson of Princeton scored with just over a minute left in regulation play to tie Brown, 1-1, and bring about a grueling overtime battle. Neither team could get the winning tally, however, and the tie dimmed the Bruins' hopes for a successful title defense by dropping their record to 2-1-1.
Nick Alexandridis, the league scoring champion the last two years, tallied on a direct free kick in the third quarter to boost Cornell past Columbia, 1-0, in an upset at Ithaca.
Dartmouth spotted Yale a first-period goal by Bob Miller, then came back with goals by Gary Casper, Greg Church, Dave Irwin, and Randy Quayle to end a five-game losing streak, 4-1.
Harvard 4 0 0
Penn 3 1 0
Brown 2 1 1
Cornell 2 1 1
Columbia 1 2 1
Dartmouth 1 3 0
Yale 0 2 2
Princeton 0 3 1