Akeel Leads Men’s Soccer Over Yale, 3-1

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Sophomore Tariq Akeel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) scored a pair of goals within the opening nine minutes of the contest to lead the Brown men's soccer team past Yale, 3-1, in Ivy League play Saturday afternoon at Reese Stadium.

Brown moves to 7-6-3 on the season and 3-1-2 in conference play with its fourth-straight win, while the Bulldogs fall to 4-10-2 overall and 2-2-2 in league play.

Akeel scored his first goal at 4:51 when senior Jose Salama (Madrid, Spain) sent a free kick into the box, allowing the sophomore to find space and convert on a header to give the Bears the early one-goal lead.

Brown added another goal at 8:12 as Akeel found the back of the net for the second time of the contest. Once again, the tally was set up on a free kick, as this time Jack Gorab (Newport Beach, Calif.) launched a ball just outside the box, where Akeel hit a shot past the reach of Yale keeper Blake Brown to give the visitors the 2-0 advantage.

Yale trimmed the deficit to one in the 36th minute when Jenner Fox scored on a feed from Cameron Kirdzik.

Brown re-gained a two-goal in the 39th minute when senior Voltaire Escalona (Blue Bell, Pa.) travelled up the field and split the defense with a pass to Gorab, who buried the shot to give the Bears a 3-1 advantage.

Brown and Yale registered six shots apiece in the opening 45 minutes. Despite a 10-1 shot advantage by the Bulldogs in the second half, Brown senior keeper Josh Weiner (Armonk, N.Y.) turned away the only shot on-target as the Bears held on for the victory.

Weiner made two saves in goal for the Bears, while Akeel paced the team with two shots in the contest.

The Bears wrap up the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 16 when they host Dartmouth at 4 p.m. For tickets, purchase online, call the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or walk up to the Box Office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.