Bears Battle Hofstra to Scoreless Tie; Named Co-Champions of Brown Soccer Classic
Providence, RI- The men's soccer team's from Brown University (2-0-2) and Hofstra University (2-2-1) competed for 110 minutes in the final game of the Brown Soccer Classic, but neither squad could come up with a goal to end in a 0-0 double overtime draw on Sunday afternoon on Stevenson Field. Both Hofstra and Brown went 1-0-1 in the tournament, so the teams were named Co-Champions of the Brown Soccer Classic. Junior Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) was named the Offensive MVP of the tournament, while defender Eric Robertson (San Antonio,. TX), and midfielders Rob Medairos (Stafford, VA) and Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA) earned All-Tournament Team honors.
Senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) earned three saves to record his fourth consecutive shutout and 17th in his career to lead the Bears defensively this afternoon. The backline of Robertson, Ian Smith (Arlington, TX), Ryan McDuff (Plano, TX) and Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL) was at its best, allowing the Pride to just three shots on goal in 110 minutes of play.
Brown's offense came out firing, as the Bears took three shots in the first four minutes of play, and seven overall for the period. Hofstra got off its first shot of the game 6:48 into the match, and registered five for during the first 45 minutes. Grandstrand earned his first save in goal just four minutes before halftime when Hofstra's Kevin Mira fired one on target.
The Bears offense had a plethora of scoring opportunities throughout the game, especially in the second half. Just ten minutes into the second period, Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) sent a beautiful cross that just missed the foot of Coleman. At the 61:22 mark, Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) earned a free-kick, but the shot was blocked by Greg Cumpstone in goal. Then, in the 76th minute Taylor Gorman (Freeport, ME) crossed the ball to forward Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA) who nailed a shot right to Cumpstone.
In the first 10-minute overtime, the Bears earned three corner kicks with three shot attempts, but none could find the back of the net. The Bears registered just one shot in the second overtime, but missed wide.
Brown dominated the Pride in corner kicks 13-4, and edged Hofstra 15-10 in shots. Cumpstone earned four saves in net, while Grandstrand finished the day with three.
Pictured: Evan Coleman '12 (photo by dspics.net)