Providence, RI- The No. 17 Brown University men's soccer team will host Yale University at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening for its final home game of the 2010 season. The Bears will honor its five seniors (Jon Okafor, Sean McGrath, Ian Smith, David Walls and Paul Grandstrand) prior to kick-off.
The Bears sport a 10-2-3 overall record and are 2-1-1 in the Ivy League sitting in third place in conference standings. The Brown offense has been led by junior Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec), who has tallied 13 points on five goals and three assists this season, and Okafor who has four goals and three assists. The offense has combined for 23 goals in 15 games, while 10 different Bears have added to the attack.
The Bears have boasted a very stingy backline, as sophomore Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL), David Walls (Leeds England), sophomore Ryan McDuff (Plano, TX) and rookie Eric Robertson (San Antonio, TX) have helped goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) allow just six goals and earn 11 shutouts. Grandstrand's shutout percentage ranks first in the country, while his goals against (0.38) ranks second and save percentage (.893) ranks third.
Yale has struggled this season and is just 3-10-2 on the year with a 1-3-1 record in the league, but has posted back-to-back shutouts in its last two contests. The Bulldogs have scored eight goals on year, as senior midfielder Andy Shorten leads the team with three goals and junior defender Andy Hackbarth has chipped in with two.
Sophomore goalkeeper Bobby Thalman has led the defensive effort with a 2-9-2 record. He has allowed 18 goals (1.24 gaa) and has picked up 56 saves (.757 save %) and has recorded three shutouts. Also seeing some action is junior Matt Chesky, who is 1-1-0 on the season with five saves.
The game can be viewed live, for a fee, via American One, as the dynamic duo of Mike Rubin and Mike Mancuso will be calling the action at Stevenson Field. Their audio broadcast can be listened to free, and live stats will also be provided.