Men’s Soccer Hosts Columbia Saturday in Ivy Opener (7 p.m.)

Men’s Soccer Hosts Columbia Saturday in Ivy Opener (7 p.m.)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown men's soccer team will welcome Columbia to Stevenson Field on Saturday, Oct. 4 in the Ivy League opener for both teams at 7 p.m. Links to live video and live stats will be available at brownbears.com.

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LAST TIME OUT
Brown most recently played Vermont and Fairfield to a pair of scoreless ties last weekend. After senior keeper Mitch Kupstas made seven saves at home against the Catamounts, the Brown backline stepped up in a road game at Fairfield, when the Bears prevented a shot a goal throughout the contest. 

KUPSTAS SHINES IN NET
Keeper Mitch Kupstas has posted three shutouts in as many games, including two on the road, giving him four overall on the season. He blanked Florida Gulf Coast, Vermont and Fairfield in the last three contests for 330 minutes of shutout play. He ranks second in the Ivy League in both save percentage (.789) and goals against average (1.03). 

SCOUTING THE LIONS
Columbia enters Saturday at 3-3 overall and has alternated wins and losses throughout the early part of the season. Most recently, Columbia fell at Iona, 2-0, last weekend. Francisco Agrest leads the way with six points and three goals, while Antonio Matarazzo has three assists on the season. Kyle Jackson has played five games in net with a 1.72 goals-against-average and a .591 save percentage. 

LAST TIME AGAINST COLUMBIA
Brown and Columbia drew even, 2-2, in last year's meeting in New York. Daniel Taylor and Tariq Akeel both scored first half goals for the Bears in the contest. 

MARKES NAMED SENIOR CLASS CANDIDATE
Alex Markes has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, which is presented each year to the outstanding senior NCAA Division I Student-Athlete of the Year across ten different sports. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. 

For more information, and to view Alex's profile, visit seniorclassaward.com.

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UP NEXT
After Saturday's game against Columbia, the Bears will visit Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. 

TICKETS
Tickets for all Brown men's soccer games can be purchased online, calling the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or walking up to the Box Office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.