Bears Drop 1-0 Decision To #24 UNC-Greensboro In Opening Night of Adidas-Brown Classic
Sept. 9, 2005
Providence, RI - Despite a 9-4 edge in shots on goal, the Brown men's soccer team fell to #24 UNC-Greensboro, 1-0, in the opening round of the 2005 adidas-Brown Classic. The Bears had several scoring opportunities throughout the game but could not break the Spartans keeper. A costly mistake inside the box by Brown with 12 minutes left in the game secured the 1-0 victory for UNCG. The Bears fall to 1-2 on the season while the Spartans improve to 2-1.
The Bears dominated play in the first half, feeding off the energy from the near sell-out crowd. Brown's first chance at a goal came in the 36th minute of play when a quick throw in caught UNCG off guard. Junior Andrew Daniels took possession from about 40 yards out and dribbled down the line, serving in a cross to a wide-open Ian Premo '07 on the far post. Premo's shot came inches from clearing the post, which would have been a sure goal for the Bears.
Premo struck again just three minutes later when his corner kick curled in towards the net but UNCG keeper Jay Benfield was able to punch it out just in time. The Spartans didn't go without their chances as well but junior keeper David Semenza's aggressiveness spared Brown.
The Bears continued to attack in the opening minutes of the second half. Premo's free kick to Daniels, who one-timed it, was blocked by a defender near the goal line in the 34th minute. Other highlights included a great diving save by Benfield in the 31st minute, robbing sophomore Kevin Davies of his third goal of the season.
As the game got more and more physical, the Brown attack continued but Benfield never let up. A ball that should have been cleared by the Bears' defense ended up being the defining moment in the game as UNCG junior Randi Patterson took advantage after being left unmarked in the box. Leaving Semenza no chance at a save, Patterson booted in a rocket to the upper corner of the net.
Brown's offense went into full gear in the closing minutes as it tried desperately for the tying goal, but each shot was meant with frustration as several sailed just wide of the net.
Semenza posted four saves in the loss while Benfield collected nine in the shutout.
The adidas Brown Classic will continue on Sunday, beginning at 12 noon when #3 UConn will square off against #24 UNC-Greensboro. The Bears will face George Mason at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be televised live by Cox Sports in Rhode Island and Connecticut.