September 12, 2004

Bears Pick Up First Win With 3-0 Shutout Over San Francisco

Sept. 12, 2004

Providence, RI - The Brown men's soccer team earned a second place finish at the 2004 adidas-Brown Classic with an impressive 3-0 shutout over the University of San Francisco on Sunday afternoon. After taking a 1-0 lead in the first half, the Bears tacked on two more goals in the second frame, to earn their first victory of the season. Brown improves to 1-2 on the season while the loss was the Dons first after opening up the year 3-0. Junior Keith Caldwell (Braintree, MA), who was named to the All-Tournament Team, scored two of Brown's goals, the first two of his career. Senior goalkeeper Chris Gomez (Huntington Beach, CA) was named the Defensive MVP while Clemson won the Classic with a 3-2 win over Yale earlier in the day.

From the opening whistle the game was very physical with three cautions being issued when all was said and done. Just five minutes into the match, the Bears nearly took an early advantage when junior Jamie Granger made a nice tackle for the ball, giving sophomore Andrew Daniels a breakaway up the far side. Daniels served in a cross to a streaking Brian Joyce '07 inside the box but the timing was just off.

A short time later, Brown had another chance to get on the board but a nice play by the Don's keeper prevented the score. Junior Ibrahim Diane threaded a perfect lead pass to fellow junior Brian Perry inside the box but USF's Geremy Uhl came out of net just in time to cut Perry's shot off.

The Bears didn't let their third opportunity go to waste however as they took a 1-0 lead in the 35th minute of the opening half. The kicking power of senior goalie Chris Gomez (Huntington Beach, CA) came in handy as he booted a rocket that made it all the way to the Don's box . Daniels won the ball in the air and made a smart play to Caldwell, who was positioned in the near corner of the net. A light flick of the ball was all Caldwell needed for the goal, the first of his career, as Uhl was out of position. Gomez and Daniels were both credited with the assists on the goal.

In the second half, the Bears took charge as they kept the ball in the Don's zone the majority of the time. A costly mistake by Uhl helped give Brown a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute. Caldwell was in control of the ball at the top of the box when Uhl came charging out of net to cut-off the shot. The ball ricocheted into the air and landed at the feet of a wide-open Kevin Davies `08, who easily knocked in his first collegiate goal.

Caldwell scored his second goal of the game in the 60th minute to give Brown a 3-0 lead. Daniels served in a good cross to the center of the net that connected with sophomore Brian Joyce, also an All-Tournament Team selection. Joyce then found an open Caldwell on the near corner and volleyed it into the top inside corner of the net.

Next up for the Bears will be the Yale Classic. Brown will first play Hartwick on Friday at 5 p.m. and Duquesne on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.

2004 adidas-Brown Classic
1-Clemson
2-Brown (goal differential)
3-San Francisco
4-Yale

Offensive MVP
Steven Rhyne-Clemson

Defensive MVP
Chris Gomez-Brown

All-Tournament Team
Keith Caldwell-Brown
Brian Joyce-Brown
Justin Moore-Clemson
Landy Mattison-Clemson
J.D. Brooks-Clemson
Al Bedrossian-USF
Chris Schwartz-USF
Lindsey Williams-Yale
Jake Miller-Yale