Fordham Tops Bears in Brown Soccer Classic
Providence, RI- Fordham's Kalle Sotka headed in the game's lone goal early in the first half to help the Fordham Rams to a 1-0 victory over No. 22 Brown men's soccer team on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the Dunkin' Donuts Brown Soccer Classic. The win improved the Rams to 3-2-0 on the year, while Brown suffered its first loss to drop to 3-1-0. Three Bears earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team: Eric Robertson, Thomas McNamara and Dylan Remick.
The Bears outshot Fordham 7-4 in the first 45 minutes of play, but Fordham's Sotka headed in a cross from Jack Bouchard just 9:23 into the game to take the early lead.
Sotka's goal, assisted by both Jack Bouchard and Kyle Bitterman, was scored at the 9:23 mark to take the early advantage. The Bears had a few chances throughout the half, including a shot by McNamara at the 21:32 mark which was blocked, and another in the 35th minute that was saved by Fordham's keeper.
The Bears came out of the locker room at half fired up and had a flurry of opportunities to start the half. A shot by freshman Jack Gorab missed wide, and Kevin Gavey tried at 48:36 but was saved by Sean Brailey.
Senior defender Ryan McDuff left the game due to an injury, and Ben Maurey received a red to leave the Bears playing with a man down for much of the second half. But it didn't stop the Bears as they continued to fire off shots.
Brown's best chances of the half came on McNamara's direct kick just outside the box that got blocked, and Robertson headed a Remick corner with 8:15 remaining which was saved. The Bears continued to battle up until the final seconds, when McNamara nearly tied the game with just two seconds on the clock but was again picked up.
Brailey ended the night with six saves, while Kernan-Schloss finished with one. The Bears dominated in shots, 18-5, for the game, and held a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Bears will now prepare to take on Boston University at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13.
Dunkin' Donuts Brown Soccer Classic All-Tournament Team:
MVP: Nate Bekoe (Fordham)
Kalle Sotka (Fordham)
Ryan Lurran (Fordham)
Kyle Bitterman (Fordham)
Thomas McNamara (Brown)
Dylan Remick (Brown)
Eric Robertson (Brown)
Sindre Ek (Siena)
James Beeston (Siena)
Aslinn Rodas (Cleveland State)
Brad Stuver (Cleveland State)