Brown Men's Soccer Team of1967
Year Inducted: 2007
In his June 1967 newsletter, Coach Cliff Stevenson wrote: "I willgo out on a limb and say that next fall we could have the bestsoccer team Brown has ever had."
Stevenson was a prophet, for hisBruins finished the '67 season unbeaten with a 13 - 0 - 1 record.The 1936 team (7-0-3) was the only other team in Brown soccerhistory to go unbeaten. While the Red Sox were completingtheir "Impossible Dream" season, the Brown booters were makingmagic of their own, winning a fifth straight Ivy League title andthird consecutive New England championship, while completing anamazing run of 25 Ivy games without a loss.
The seniors ended their Browncareers having never lost to an Ivy opponent. This Brown team was aperfect blend of potent offense and stout defense. Balanced,deep, talented, and superbly conditioned, the Bruins barragedopposing goaltenders with 459 shots, while posting 8shutouts. Ben Brewster '69 and Mark DeTora '68 led thescoring parade, while center halfback Pat Migliori '68 keyed thedefense, and keepers Bob Bernius '68 and Bill Hager '69 wereimpenetrable between the posts.
With increasingly large crowdsringing the Aldrich-Dexter Field pitch, the '67 Bruins played manymatches in miserable conditions: mud, fog, wind and rain. Inthe quest for the Ivy League title, they were tied by Penn 1-1,beat Yale 2-1 in a hard-fought contest, and hit their strideagainst Dartmouth, thrashing the Indians (as they were then called) 6-2 on Homecoming Day. Road wins over Princeton and Cornellset up a championship showdown with archrival, Harvard.
Brown prevailed over the Crimson,3-2 in the Aldrich-Dexter mud, before thousands of Brownfaithfuls. The League finale against Columbia provided anexclamation point with a 2-0 whitewashing of the Lions. Convincingearlier shutouts over Wesleyan, Springfield, Army, and Connecticutsolidified Brown's ranking as #1 in the East.
Post season individual honorsrolled in-- three First Team All-Ivys, Migliore, Brewster, DeJong;one Second Team All-Ivy, Brunner; and three Honorable MentionAll-Ivys, Cooper. DeTora, Ssebazza. Migliore and DeJong werealso named All-Americans. The most coveted reward, a teaminvitation to compete for the national title, was notforthcoming. This squad, which The Brown Daily Herald toutedas "the best team in America," had to stand on the sidelines andwatch, as the Ivy League and NCAA played out their dispute overeligibility requirements.
Even with petitioning and letterwriting to the NCAA by hundreds of Brown students, the '67 teamcould only wonder, "What if?" For the underclassmen it was"wait until next year." And when next year came, the 1968 IvyLeague champion Bruins did compete in the NCAA tournament,advancing to the semi finals!
Coach Cliff Stevenson and sixindividual members of the 1967 soccer team have already beeninducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame. Forty yearsafter their magic season, the entire 1967 team is finally beinginducted, the first men's soccer team to be so honored!