Bears Drop Season-Opener To Hartwick, 2-1

Sept. 2, 2005

Storrs. CT - The Brown men's soccer team opened up the 2005 season with a 2-1 loss to Hartwick at the UConn Adidas Tournament on Friday afternoon. The win for the Hawks avenges a 2-1 loss that came at the hands of Brown last season.

The Bears opened up the scoring 13 minutes into the game when junior Andrew Daniels headed in a throw-in by freshman Darren Howerton. Brown went on to outshoot Hartwick 6-4 in the first half but not before the Hawks scored the equalizer with nine minutes left to play in the first.

Hartwick wasted no time in the second, scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal just 1:09 into the half. It was a defensive battle the rest of the way as the two teams managed just one shot each, giving Brown very few opportunities to tie things up. In all, both teams combined for a mere seven shots on goal.

Junior keeper David Semenza played all 90 minutes in net for Brown, recording one save. A total of four freshmen saw their first collegiate action. Howerton earned a starting spot in the middle while Scott Geppert, Rhett Bernstein, and Stephen Sawyer saw time off the bench. Junior co-captain Matt Britner made his return to the field after missing all of last season with an injury as well.

Brown will be back in action on Sunday at 4:30 in the final day of competition at the UConn-Adidas Tournament. The Bears will be facing St. Peter's, who defeated Brown in the first round of the 2003 NCAA Tournament.