Providence, RI- Junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) scored in the 82nd minute of play to lift the Brown men's soccer team (2-0-1) to a 1-0 victory over the visiting South Carolina Gamecocks during the second game of the Brown Soccer Classic this evening.
It was a hard fought battle tonight at Stevenson Field, as both squads came out fired up for the first night of the annual Brown Classic. With 12 fouls and three yellow cards handed out in the first 45 minutes of play, both teams brought the intensity from the very start and left nothing on the field after the final buzzer.
South Carolina's Blake Brettschneider registered the first of the team's 11 shots of the game just 4:37 into the first period, but senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) was there to make the save. Grandstrand stopped another Gamecock shot attempted by Bradlee Baladez at the 21:18 mark, and Brown's Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA) answered just a few minutes later with a header that missed just wide to record Brown's first shot on goal.
The teams continued to trade shots throughout the half, as South Carolina posted four shots in the first while Brown fired off nine. Sophomore Eric Robertson (San Antonio, TX) did an exceptional job of leading Brown's defensive unit, as the Bears' back line shut down the South Carolina attackers numerous times.
Brown continued to pressure the USC defense and fired off four shots in the span of four minutes beginning at the 37 minute mark, but the Bears could not find the back of the net and headed into the locker room even with the Gamecocks, 0-0.
The Bears came out strong in the second half and seemed to maintain control of the ball as they fired off nine more shots in the second period for a total 18 for the game, seven more than South Carolina.
Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL), Rosa, Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) and Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA) all had great looks on goal midway through the final period, but the squad still could not crack the South Carolina defense. But it wasn't until the 82nd minute that the Bears got on the scoreboard. Okafor attacked the goal from the right side and crossed it to Rosa, who headed one in to put the Bears on top, 1-0, to eventually earn the victory.
The goal was Rosa's second of the season and first game-winner, as the Bears improved their record to 2-0-1. Grandstrand earned his third shutout of the year, and now has 12 saves in 290 total minutes of play.
In the earlier game this evening, Hofstra was able to earn a 1-0 over the Yale Bulldogs. Sunday's action starts with South Carolina vs. Yale at noon, and ends with the Bears facing Hofstra at 2:30 p.m.