Newton, MA- The No. 19 Brown University men's soccer team will travel to Boston College today, Tuesday October 16th, for a 4 p.m. game against the Eagles in its final non-conference game of the season. The Bears enter the week with another win under their belts after they defeated Ivy League opponent Harvard, 2-1, in overtime last Saturday. The victory improved their overall record to 9-1-2, while Boston College has a 7-3-3 record after a tie with Clemson last weekend.
The Bears are on a three-game streak of close competition as their last three contests have gone into overtime. In last Saturday's match-up against Harvard, sophomore Voltaire Escalona (Blue Bell, PA) crossed the ball to senior Bobby Belair (Myrtle Bear, SC) who scored off of an exciting diving header during the first half. Senior Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL) netted the ball just six minutes into overtime to help seal the victory.
Senior midfielder Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) leads the team in scoring with eight points (3g, 2 a), followed by Belair (3g, 1 a) and Escalona (1g, 5 a) with seven points. Goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss (Arlington, VA) had five saves against The Crimson bumping his tally to 28 saves this season to a 9-1-2 record.
The Boston College Eagles meanwhile are coming into Tuesday's matchup with a 7-3-3 overall record with a 2-1-2 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Eagles' leading scorer this season is Charlie Rugg (5g, 4 a) followed by Derrick Boateng (3g, 3 a). The Eagles are 2-0-2 in the month of October, defeating then No. 15 Wake Forest (1-0) and Dartmouth (1-0), but tied Harvard (1-1) and Clemson (0-0).
Justin Luthy has seen a majority of the action in net for the Eagles. He has played 1099 minutes and has allowed 13 goals (1.06 gaa) and earned 37 saves (.740 pct). He is currently 5-3-3 on the year and has shut out four opponents.
Brown enters Tuesday's game ready for action against the Eagles and will be looking to avenge a 2-0 loss on Stevenson Field to BC on Sept. 27, 2011. Colin Murphy put the Eagles on the board at the 57:50 mark and Rugg tacked on the second in the 77th minute. Brown boasts a 13-11-3 record over the Eagles, as the teams will meet for the 28th time.
Both squads have an impressive unbeaten streak heading into today's match. The Bears have not suffered a loss since falling to Fordham, 1-0, on Sept. 9 making it eight consecutive games without a loss, and Boston College has gone seven straight since falling 2-0 to then No. 2 Connecticut on Sept. 19.
The Brown-BC battle can be listeneded to, live, on brownbears.com. After tonight's game, the Bears will take on Cornell University at home on Saturday, October 20th at Stevenson Field at 3:30 p.m.
Photo of Bobby Belair by dspics.net