Sept. 3, 2004
Chestnut Hill, MA - The Brown men's soccer team, ranked #21 in the NSCAA/adidas Pre-Season Poll, dropped its season-opener at Boston College, 3-1, on Friday afternoon. After the Bears tied the score at 1-1 early in the second half, the Eagles went on to score two unanswered goals. Senior All-American Jeff Larentowicz (West Chester, PA) scored the goal for Brown. The Bears got the first best scoring chance when senior goalkeeper Chris Gomez (Huntington Beach, CA) drilled a goal kick down field. Junior Ibrahim Diane (Potomac, MD) gained control of the ball with no one but the goalkeeper to beat. Diane was able to get the shot off over the goalie's head but it sailed wide. Instead it was Boston College that got on the board first at the 30:18 mark when freshman Charlie Davies got behind the Brown defense and took a left-footed shot that cut right through the corner of the net past Gomez. The Bears knotted the score five minutes into the second half when Diane drew a free kick from about 30 yards out. Senior Marcos Romaneiro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) got a piece of the ball before Larentowicz collected it and curled a shot right over the wall of BC players and into the net. The game seemed to be in the Bears hands as they controlled play for the next 15 minutes, getting several good scoring opportunities, including a great shot by junior Jamie Granger (Lebanon, NJ) that hit the cross-bar. In the 77th minute, Boston College went on an 80-yard counter-attack to take a 2-1 lead and added an insurance goal about six minutes later off a corner kick. Gomez recorded six saves in net while three freshmen made their debuts for Brown. Kevin Davies (Port Washington, NY), Laurent Manuel (New York, NY) and Tyler Gage (Orinda, CA) all saw time off the bench. The Bears will open-up the home portion of their schedule with the seventh annual adidas-Brown Classic. Brown will welcome Ivy foe Yale, Clemson and San Francisco to Stevenson Field, beginning Friday, Sept. 10. Yale will take on San Francisco in the first game of the Tournament, set to begin at 5 p.m. on the 10th. Brown will then play Clemson at 7:30 p.m. in a game, which will be televised live by Cox 3. The action will continue on Sunday, Sept. 12 with the Bulldogs taking on the Tigers at 11 a.m. The Classic will conclude with a showdown between the Bears and the Dons at 1:30 p.m. All kids wearing their youth soccer jerseys will be admitted for free in celebration of Ocean State Youth Soccer Day. In addition, the first 500 kids in attendance will receive a free plush mini soccer ball.