October 19, 2013

Men’s Soccer Edged at Harvard, 2-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Jack Gorab (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored his third goal of the season late in the first half, but the Brown men's soccer team could not climb back from an early deficit as the Bears fell at Harvard, 2-1, Saturday evening at Soldiers Field.

Brown drops to 3-6-3 on the season and 0-1-2 in Ivy League play, while Harvard improves to 3-6-2 overall and 2-1-0 in league action.

Harvard opened up the scoring with a goal by Mark Ashby in the 18th minute. Ross Friedman started the play by sending a free kick into the top of the box, where Philip Fleischman tipped a pass to Ashby, who shoved the ball past the line to put the Crimson in front, 1-0.

The Crimson struck again less than eight minutes later when Andrew Wheeler-Ominu chased a ball down the right side and floated a cross into the box, allowing Ashi Geberkidane to gain position and send a shot into the back of the net for the 2-0 advantage. 

Brown answered right back, however, with a goal by Gorab in the 36th minute. Senior Voltaire Escalona (Blue Bell, Pa.) launched a cross in front of the Harvard net, where Gorab headed in a shot past the reach of Crimson keeper Evan Mendez to trim the deficit to one, 2-1.

Despite outshooting the Crimson by a 7-5 margin in the second stanza, Brown was unable to score the equalizer, as the home side hung on for the victory. Harvard outshot the Bears, 20-15, and held an edge in corner kicks, 7-1.

Senior Josh Weiner (Armonk, N.Y.) made five saves in net for the Bears, while Mendez registered six stops on the other end. Freshman Nate Pomeroy (Groton, Mass.) paced the Bears with four shots in the contest.

The Bears return to action on Saturday, Oct. 26 when they visit Cornell at 3:30 p.m.