Bears Square Off Against Columbia in Ivy Opener on Saturday Night
Providence, RI- Ranked No. 17 in the country by the NSCAA with a 5-0-2 record, the Brown men's soccer team is gearing up for its first Ivy League game when it hosts Columbia (4-4-1) at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night at Stevenson Field.
The Bears, who are also ranked 15th by Soccer America, 17th by Top Drawer Soccer and 20th by College Soccer News, are second in the Ivy League with 12 goals scored on the season and lead the league in assists with 15. Brown's offense has scored seven goals in the last three games, as junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) leads the front line with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Senior Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) and juniors Taylor Gorman (Freeport, ME) and T.J. Popolizio (Rexford, NY) have added to the attack with two goals apiece.
Brown's stalwart backline has allowed just one goal in its first seven matches, as senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) backlines the defense. Grandstrand's 0.13 goals against average and a .960 save percentage ranks second in the nation and first in the Ivy League. He has played all 670 minutes this season, and has earned a career-high six shutouts, which beats his previous highs of five during his freshman and junior seasons.
Brown and Columbia matchup on Saturday for the 50th time, as the Bears lead the all-time series 31-14-4 dating back to 1960. The Lions have not won a match against Brown since 1992 (0-13-4).
Columbia arrives in Providence with a 4-4-1 record coming off a 3-0 victory over Delaware in a mid-week contest. The Lions have scored 13 goals in their nine games thus far, as Henning Sauerbier and Bayo Adafin are leading the attack with two goals and an assist for five points each. Alexander Aurrichio (3-4-1) has started in seven of eight games in goal, and has recorded two shutouts, picked up 25 saves and has allowed 11 goals in his 692:33 minutes of play.