Providence, RI- Sophomore forward Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA) converted a penalty kick to lift the Brown men’s soccer team (1-0-1) to a 1-0 victory over the Mustangs from Southern Methodist University (1-2-0) in the second game of the adidas-Brown Soccer Classic.
After an hour-and-a-half delay due to inclement weather, the Bears and Mustangs finally took the field at 9:00 p.m. and battled from the start. Brown’s defense was outstanding from the beginning, despite SMU’s feisty offense which produced eight shots in the first 45 minutes of play. Brown’s defense, held down by junior captain David Walls (Leeds, England), sophomore Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA), and rookies Ryan McDuff (Plano, TX) and Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL), gave a stalwart effort in putting a stop to any looks the Mustangs had on goal.
Brown tallied five shots in the first period of play. Senior midfielder Nick Elenz-Martin (Encinitas, CA) had a great look just 12 minutes into the game, but his shot to the left corner of the net was stopped by SMU goalkeeper Craig Hill. Shortly after that Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) chipped one over the Hill’s head who came nearly out of the box but went just wide.
Both teams began to pick up its intensity when Mandel was fouled inside the box and rewarded a penalty kick. Mandel blasted a shot right past Hill into the low left corner of the net to give Bruno a 1-0 advantage, and eventually the win.
The Bears and Mustangs continued to keep the pressure up, but Brown dominated the second half tallying nine shots to SMU’s four. A shot by Walls just three minutes into the second period hit the post, and Rosa had a one-on-one with the goalkeeper but couldn’t convert.
Brown goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) did an outstanding job in the net, picking up three saves in his 90 minutes of play.
On Sunday, Yale will match up against SMU at
12:00 p.m., as Brown will end the tournament with Adelphi at 2:30
p.m. Yale and Adelphi’s game this evening ended 14 minutes
early in a 1-1 tie due to the weather.