No. 18 Brown Awaits No. 10 Cornell in Pivotal Ivy League Match

No. 18 Brown Awaits No. 10 Cornell in Pivotal Ivy League Match

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The No. 18 Brown University men's soccer team hosts No. 10 Cornell University in a pivotal Ivy League match at 3:30 p.m. at Stevenson Field on Saturday. Cornell (12-0, 3-0 Ivy), the only team in the country without a loss or tie, is first in conference standings. A loss or a tie for the Big Red will move Brown (10-1-2, 2-0-1 Ivy) into the top spot, or have a share of first place with three more weeks of league play remaining.

The Bears extended their unbeaten streak to nine games with a 1-0 victory over Boston College on Tuesday evening. Senior Ben Maurey (Downingtown Pa.) scored the gamewinner just six minutes into the first overtime period off an assist senior Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.). 

McNamara leads the team with nine points (3g, 3 a), followed by senior Bobby Belair (Myrtle Beach, S.C.) and sophomore Voltaire Escalona (Blue Bell, Pa.) with seven apiece.

Senior goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss (Arlington, Va.) has earned a 10-1-2 record and has earned seven of the team's eight shutouts. In his 1,217 minutes of play, Kernan-Schloss has allowed just seven goals (0.52 ga) and turned away 32 shots (.821 sp). His goals-against average ranks fifth in the nation and first in the league, while he leads the Ancient Eight in shutouts as well.

The Big Red picked up their 12th consecutive victory, breaking a school record in a 3-0 win over Yale last weekend. Tyler Regan, Atticus DeProspo and Daniel Haber each scored in the win, and Rick Pflasterer earned his third shutout by making three saves.

Cornell ranks first in the nation in scoring offense (2.92), as Daniel Haber leads the country in points per game (3.25), total points (39) and goals per game (1.33). The Big Red have not faced a team with a winning record since their fifth game of the year against Wofford. Cornell has tallied 35 goals this season, with Haber scoring 16 of them.

The Bears boast a 35-19-5 overall record against the Big Red, and have not lost to Cornell since 1999. The Bears and Big Red battled to a 1-1 tie last season, which was the first point Cornell earned against Brown since 2001. Cornell had an early lead on Brown in the second half on a goal by Stephen Reiser, but Brown's Ben Maurey (Downingtown, Pa.) scored the equalizer three minutes later.

After Saturday's matchup, Brown will travel to Penn for a 7:30 p.m. game on Saturday, October 27, and will then host Yale for a 7 p.m. senior night game on Saturday, November 3.