No. 23 Bears Outlast Columbia in Ivy Opener, 2-1

Senior midfielder Nick Elenz-Martin (Encinitas, CA) scored the game-winning goal just four minutes into overtime to give the No. 23 Brown men’s soccer team (5-0-4, 1-0 Ivy) its first Ivy League win of the 2009 season at Columbia Soccer Stadium Saturday evening.

Senior T.J. Thompson (Atkinson, NH) put the Bears on the scoreboard first after taking a cross from junior Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) just three minutes before halftime. Thompson knocked one past Columbia goalkeeper Alexander Aurrichio from five yards out.
Columbia’s Bayo Adafin came up with a big goal when he fought through two Brown defenders and got a left-foot shot off that went far post and in, past a diving Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) to tie the game at 1-1 in the 51st minute of play.

The Bears had plenty of scoring opportunities tonight, as they squad outshot the Lions 14-8 and held a 5-0 advantage in corner kicks for the match. Aurrichio and Grandstrand both tallied one save in tonight’s contest, as the Bears continue to be unbeaten.

The Bears will now host Princeton at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 10.