Sept. 17, 2004
New Haven, CT - Brown senior defender Jeff Larentowicz led the men's soccer team to a 2-1 double overtime victory over Hartwick on Friday at the Yale Classic, scoring the game-winning goal with five minutes left to play in the match. Brown, which has now won two in a row, improves to 2-2 on the season.
Junior Brian Perry got the scoring started for the Bears in the first half due in large part to the smart coaching of Mike Noonan. Noonan saw Hartwick's defenders were laging behind when senior goalkeeper Chris Gomez punted the ball downfield, and instructed Perry to sprint upfield to meet the ball. The ball landed 35 yards out in front of the net and made a high bounce, causing Hartwick's keeper out of net. Perry beat the keeper with a one-time volley over his head and into the goal, his first of the season.
The assist for Gomez was his second in as many games, tying him for the team lead in assists, an exceptional occurance for a goalkeeper.
Hartwick got the equalizer in the second half off a free kick, sending the game into overtime. With five minutes left to play in the second overtime, junior forward Ibrahim Diane drew a penalty kick when he dribbled through two defenders inside the box and was fouled. Senior midfielder Marcos Romaneiro took the penalty kick but Hartwick's keeper was able to make the save, setting up a corner kick for Brown.
Marcos hooked up with Larentowicz for the game-winner, a blazing header that found the back of the net quickly. The tally was Larentowicz second of the young season.
The Bears will look to win the Yale Classic Title on Sunday when it faces Duquesne in the final rounf of action at noon.