Men’s Soccer Battles Princeton to Scoreless Tie

Men’s Soccer Battles Princeton to Scoreless Tie

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior keeper Josh Weiner (Armonk, N.Y.) registered eight saves in net, including a pair of big stops early in the second half to help preserve the shutout, as the Brown men's soccer team tied Princeton, 0-0, Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field.

Brown moves to 3-5-3 overall and remains unbeaten in Ivy League play at 0-0-2, while the Tigers stand at 4-5-1 on the season and 1-0-1 in league action. 

Princeton held a slim 6-4 shot advantage in the opening 45 minutes but neither team found the back of the net. The Tigers came out flying in the second stanza when Thomas Sanner and Cameron Porter recorded a pair of tough shots, but Weiner corralled both bids to turn away the early attack.

Brown's best chance in the second half came at 12:33 when junior Daniel Taylor (Greenwich, Conn.) launched a long throw into the box, but a header by sophomore Tariq Akeel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) went right into the arms of Princeton keeper Seth MacMillan as the teams headed to extra time.

The score remained even after the first overtime stanza, forcing a second and final extra period. With five minutes left in the game, MacMillian attempted a goal kick that was hit too low and went right into the legs of freshman Nate Pomeroy (Groton, Mass.), but the rookie's subsequent shot sailed just wide as the game ended in a scoreless draw.

Senior Jose Salama (Madrid, Spain) paced the Bears with three shots, while the Tigers outshot the home side, 21-10. The two teams were even in corner kicks, 6-6. Weiner stopped all eight shots he faced, while MacMillian posted six saves on the other end.

The Brown men's soccer team recognized the program's 1963 team at halftime. Brown's 1963 squad captured the school's first-ever Ivy League Championship, led by head coach Cliff Stevenson. The '63 team tied Harvard for the Ivy crown with a 6-1 record, scored more victories in a season than any previous Brown squad (10), and reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

The Bears return to action on Saturday, Oct. 19 when they visit Harvard at 7 p.m.