No. 23 Brown Men’s Soccer Battles No. 16 BU to 3-3 Double OT Draw

The No. 23 Brown University men’s soccer team battled No. 16 Boston University to a thrilling 3-3 double overtime draw on Wednesday evening at Stevenson Field. The Bears earned their fourth tie of the year and moved to 4-0-4 this season, as the Terriers moved to 6-2-2.

The first goal of the night was an own goal scored just 1:59 into the first period when a ball went off a Brown player’s head and past goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN). It was credited to Boston University’s Samuel Appiah to give the Terriers a 1-0 edge over the Bears.

A header by Colin Henry extended Boston University’s lead to 2-0 at the 19:08 mark after heading in ball from Tom Strackhouse. But the Bears showed their resilience and fought right back by scoring the next two goals of the game to even the score at 2-2.

Just two minutes after BU’s second goal, sophomore midfielder Taylor Gorman (Freeport, ME) collected a rebound from Sean Rosa’s (Montreal, Quebec) shot attempt and headed one past Hrafn Davidsson in net to cut Bruno’s deficit to 2-1. Eight minutes later defender David Walls (Leeds, England) tied the game 2-2 with a shot from 20 yards out that went through the legs of Davidsson. Both Rosa and junior Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) were credited with assists.

Boston University’s Stephen Knox blasted a shot from 10 yards out to the low left corner of the goal at the 54:38 mark after a pass from Appiah to put the Terriers back on top, 3-2, but once again Brown battled right back to tie the game. This time it was Rosa who knocked one in, as he sent the ball to the high right corner from 25 yards out on a pass from senior midfielder Nick Elenz-Martin (Encinitas, CA).

Boston University earned a 17-16 advantage over the Bears in shots, but Bruno dominated in corner kicks, 11-6. Both Davidsson and Grandstrand picked up three saves in net during their 110 minutes of play.

The Bears will now face Ivy League opponent Columbia at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3 in New York, and will then host Princeton the following week, Saturday, Oct. 10.