Providence, R.I. – The No. 22 ranked Brown men's soccer team (2-0-0) will host its annual Dunkin' Donuts Brown Soccer Classic presented by Academy Bus, this weekend. Cleveland State, Fordham and Siena College will challenge the Bears for the title, with Brown taking on Cleveland State at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 followed by a 2:30 p.m. game against Fordham on Sunday, Sept. 9.
BROWN SOCCER CLASSIC
On Friday, join WBRU on Ittleson Quad as they will be raffling off concert tickets to see either Florence and the Machine or Odd Future. On Sunday, kids 12 and under will enter the game free and the Brown Bears will be signing autographs post game.
BROWN'S LAST TIME OUT
The No. 22 Brown men's soccer team captured the Ocean State Classic title after defeating both Rhode Island and Providence College 1-0. Senior midfielder Thomas McNamara netted the game-winner vs. the Rams, while sophomore Tommy Arns knocked in the lone goal vs. Providence College.
SCOUTING THE VIKINGS
Cleveland State enters the weekend with a 2-1-0 record and will be playing their fourth and fifth consecutive road games. The squad is coming off a 1-1 weekend where they lost to Oakland, 1-0, and defeated Michigan 3-0. Zach Ellis-Hayden is leading the Vikings with four points on one goal and two assists, followed by Aslinn Rodas with three points on a goal and an assist. Senior Brad Stuver is 2-1-0 in the goal and has 13 saves and just one goal allowed in 270:53 minutes of play.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
Fordham enters the game with a 1-2 record on the season. The Rams opened the year with a 1-0 loss at Rutgers, rebounded with a 1-0 blanking of Adelphi on Jack Coffey Field and most recently fell to Hartford 1-0 at home. Nathaniel Bekoe and Ryan Walsh have the only points on the year as Bekoe assisted on the goal by Walsh in the win over the Panthers.Friday's game with the Saints will be the first time the two schools have met since 2006. During head coach Jim McElderry's tenure at Fordham, the Rams are 1-1 against Siena. The Saints defeated Fordham, 3-2, in a game played in the Bronx in 2005 but the Rams rebounded the following year and beat Siena 1-0, in double overtime. Fordham competed in the Brown Soccer Classic in 2007, falling to both Boston University and Brown.
AT A GLANCE
The Bears return 17 letterwinners from last year's NCAA Sweet 16 squad, including unanimous first team All-Ivy defender Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL) who helped the Bears earn 11 shutouts last year. Brown, crowned Ivy League champions with a 4-1-2 record, reached the Round of 16 for the second consecutive year, and ended the season 12-5-3 overall.
Seniors Ryan McDuff (Plano, TX) and Eric Robertson (San Antonio, TX) have been named captains for the 2012 season. McDuff, earning the title for the second consecutive year, has started in 40 consecutive games for Bruno in the last two seasons and competed in every minute of every game in 2011. Robertson competed in 39 games in the past two years and has tallied two goals and dished out one assist in his career. Both McDuff and Robertson played integral roles in helping the Bears captured an Ivy League title and earn at at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament as their stingy defense helped Brown to 11 shutouts.
Home of the Brown men's soccer team, Stevenson Field was given a new look with the installation of a FIFA approved artificial surface. The changing of Stevenson Field from natural grass to synthetic grass began in mid-May. Phase two of the project will commence in the summer of 2013 with new bleachers, concession stands, ticket booth, rest rooms, team rooms and press box.
The Bears have been ranked 22nd in the National Soccer Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll, but have since dropped to 24 before their season has started. Last season, Brown began its season ranked 11th in the country and went on to capture an Ivy title and its second straight Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
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