Bears Blank BC, 3-0, For Third Straight Victory

Bears Blank BC, 3-0, For Third Straight Victory

Oct. 4, 2005

Providence, RI - A season-high 12 shots on goal led the Brown men's soccer team to a 3-0 shutout over Boston College on Tuesday night at Stevenson Field. The Bears have now won five of their last six games, including three straight. Senior Jamie Granger along with juniors Ben Brackett and Brian Joyce each tallied a goal in the win, the team's first over the Eagles since the 1997 season. Freshman goalkeeper Jarrett Leech earned the shutout, his second of the season.

Granger's game-winning goal, his third of the season, came at the 38:29 mark when a BC defender misplayed the ball off a throw-in. Granger collected the errant ball and curled a shot into the upper corner of the net to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.

The goal came just minutes after junior goalkeeper David Semenza left the game with an injury he suffered when diving for a ball. Leech went on to make three saves for the Bears as he has yet to allow a goal in over 142 minutes of action this season.

Brackett perfectly timed an indirect kick from the corner by freshman Darren Howerton early in the second half to boost Brown's lead to 2-0. Brackett's close range header sailed past BC's keeper Issey Maholo, who was forced to make several one-on-one saves in the second half. Brackett now leads the Bears with four goals this season. Senior Keith Caldwell and freshman Scott Geppert led the Bears' attack with six shots a piece in tonight's win.

Brown tacked on another goal late in the game after the Eagles failed to convert on three straight corner kicks. The Bears were finally able to clear out the ball, setting up a breakaway counterattack that left Joyce all alone. Maholo came close to robbing Joyce of a goal when he dove in to cut off the shot but was unable to hang onto the ball, allowing Joyce to chip it into the back of the net.

Brown will return to action on Friday at 7 p.m. when it hosts Princeton in its Ivy home-opener.