Providence, RI- The No. 14 Brown University men's soccer team is set to host Cornell University at Stevenson Field on Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. The Bears feature an 8-1-3 overall record with a 1-1-1 mark in the Ivy League, while Cornell arrives in Providence 4-5-4 overall with a 0-2-1 slate in the Ancient Eight.
The Bears are coming off a 3-1 victory against Hartwick on Tuesday evening as senior defender David Walls (Leeds, England) stepped up to score his first two goals of the year, while leading-scorer Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) added one. Brown's stalwart defense had allowed just one goal in nine games before earning its first and only loss of the season to Princeton, 3-0.
Leading the defense has been senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN), whose nine shutouts this season is currently tied with the all-time Brown shutouts in a season record set by Matt Cross '01 in 1998. Grandstrand is also just two shutouts shy of breaking Cross' record of 24 shutouts in a career. Currently, Grandstrand's goals against average (0.39) ranks fourth in the country and his save percentage (.896) ranks first.
After Saturday night's contest, the Bears have just four games left in the regular season, including one non-conference game against Holy Cross. The Bears will host two out of the four matches, including the game against the Crusaders on Oct. 26 and also Yale on Nov. 6.
Under the direction of second-year head coach Jaro Zawisian, the Cornell Big Red are 4-5-4 on the year and are coming off two consecutive 1-0 losses to both Yale and Lafayette. The Big Red have combined for just 13 goals on the season, and are being led by junior Chase Aaronson's and junior forward Franck Obambele's three goals apiece. Junior midfielder Jimmy Lannon boasts a team-high four assists, while sophomore goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer leads the defense. Pflasterer has posted three shutouts this season (against Canisius, Binghamton and Colgate) and in 1251:54 minutes played he has allowed 12 goals (0.86 gaa) and 40 saves (.769 save %).
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