October 1, 2005

Bears Score Three Unanswered Goals In 3-1 Ivy-Opening Win Over Columbia

Oct. 1, 2005

New York, NY - The Brown men's soccer team's quest for the Ivy League title began on Saturday against Columbia and after falling behind 1-0, just 34 seconds into the game, the Bears went on to score three unanswered goals to earn a 3-1 victory over the Lions. Juniors Ben Brackett and Andrew Daniels along with freshman Scott Geppert scored for Brown. The Bears, now 5-3 overall this season, have not lost to Columbia since the 1992 season, capturing 13 straight victories.

Just 34 seconds into the game, Brown found itself in a 1-0 hole as the Lions' John Mulhern chipped a shot over the Brown defense from 10 yards out that found the back of the net.

Brown responded less than five minutes later when freshman Darren Howerton's flip throw-ins proved key once again as he sailed one into the box from 30 yards out to Brackett, who headed the ball past Columbia's keeper Alex Maffeo, to tie things up at 1-1. Brackett has now scored a goal in Brown's last two games.

David Semenza was able to hold Columbia off for the rest of the half, making five saves. The Bears went on to take a 2-1 lead at the 42:32 mark with Geppert notching his third goal of the season off a pass from senior Keith Caldwell.

Daniels tacked on an insurance goal early in the second half to secure the victory for Brown. Off a set-up by junior Brian Joyce, Daniels broke through the Columbia defense and lofted a shot over Maffeo.

Brown will take a break from Ivy action on Tuesday when it will host perennial power Boston College at 7 p.m. The Bears will continue their home stand on Friday night as it welcomes Princeton for its Ivy League home opener.