November 12, 2011

Brown and Dartmouth Battle to Double Overtime Scoreless Draw - Bears and Big Green Share Ivy League Title

Providence, RI- With the Ivy title on the line, the Brown University men's soccer team (10-4-3, 4-1-2 Ivy) battled Dartmouth College (8-5-3, 4-1-2) to a double overtime scoreless draw this evening on Stevenson Field on senior night. With Cornell and Columbia also tying, 1-1, Saturday evening, Brown and Dartmouth will share the Ivy league title, Brown's 20th.

It was a hard-fought battle on Stevenson Field this afternoon as both teams were playing for the title in front of a crowd of over 2,000 people. For 110 minutes the defenses were stingy and would not let anything through, although both teams had some great looks and came very close to hitting the back of the net.

The Bears fired off eight shots in the first 45 minutes of play, two of which were on goal and saved by goalkeeper Noah Cohen. The Big Green fired off the first shot of the day just 4:14 into the contest, but junior goalie and CoSIDA Captital One First Team Academic All-District selection Sam Kernan-Schloss (Arlington, VA) picked up his first of seven saves to keep the Big Green off the scoreboard. The Bears registered their first shot on goal as the 12:14 mark when senior midfielder Evan Coleman headed a shot that was saved by Cohen.

The second half intensified as Dartmouth outshot Brown 8-7. Kernan-Schloss picked up three saves that half. The Big Green's Adam Rice blasted a shot toward the net that went high just a minute into the half, and Coleman headed another shot just three minutes in that missed wide. It looked as though the Bears would get on the board when senior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) got past Dartmouth's back line and was one-on-one with Cohen, but Rosa went down without getting a shot off and the ball rolled out of bounds.

In the first overtime period, Dartmouth was able to get off four shots to Brown's one, including one that just missed and went off the Brown goalpost just 1:07 into the period. Senior midfielder Jay Hayward (Acton, MA) tried to get one by Cohen, but he made his fourth save of the day.

In the final overtime period, Dartmouth outshot Brown 2-1. Rosa took the Bears' lone shot in the final period that was stopped by Cohen, and Schloss made a save with two minutes to go when Kevin Dzierzawski fired one his way.

Coleman led the offense with five shots, one being on goal, as Rosa took three shots and one on goal for the Bears. Both Rob Medairos (Stafford, VA) and Taylor Gorman (Freeport, ME) added two shots apiece for the Bears offensive attack.

There was a total of 36 fouls called tonight as Dartmouth led the foul count, 19-17. The Big Green edged Brown in shots, 18-17, but both teams were even in corner kicks, 5-5.

Kernan-Schloss ended the evening with seven saves in 110 minutes of play and picked up his eighth shutout of the season. Cohen earned five saves in net for the Big Green.