October 18, 2008

Harvard Hands Men's Soccer its First Ivy League Loss

Oct. 18, 2008

Providence, RI - Freshman Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA) scored with just 53 seconds left to score the Brown men's soccer team's only goal in the squad's 4-1 loss to Harvard on Saturday evening at Stevenson Field. The Crimson increased its record to 6-3-1 and 3-0-0 in Ivy League play, while the Bears dropped to 8-3-1 and 2-1-0.

The Bears maintained control of the ball throughout most of the first half, out-shooting the Crimson 9-6. Freshman Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA) had two great shot attempts, one just seven minutes in and the other at the 16 minute mark, but Harvard's goalkeeper Austin Harms made two great saves to keep the Bears scoreless.

Harvard's first shot on net was in the 25th minute of play, as forward Alex Chi gained control of the ball and sent it ahead to Andre Akpan who knocked one into the low right corner past Brown's Jarrett Leech (Manakin-Sabot, VA). Chi was at it again at 41:38 when he tipped a pass to Kwaku Nyamekye who drove one in to the right corner of the goal to increase the Crimson's lead to 2-0.

Harvard came out firing, as Akpan nearly scored again on a header just five minutes into the second half, but Leech was able to make the stop. Brown's David Walls (West Yorkshire, England) followed it up with a shot that went right of the post, and junior T.J. Thompson (Atkinson, NH) sent one from the top of the box but a diving Harms picked up a save.

Michael Fucito increased Harvard's lead to 3-0 at the 63:52 mark, after putting one in to the bottom left side after a pass from Adam Rousmaniere. Freshman goalkeeper and the 2007 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) came in to replace Leech, who ended the game with one save.

At the 67:48 mark, Harvard scored its final game of the night to increase its lead to 4-0 when Baba Omosegbon knocked one it after receiving a pass from Fucito. The Bears managed to pick up a goal with just 53 seconds remaining in the game, as Mandel headed the ball in after senior Darren Howerton (Northboro, MA) hit him with a pass on a corner kick.

The Bears ended the game out-shooting Harvard, 16-11, and both had six shots on goal. Brown is back in action at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21 as it takes on Hartwick, and will then head back to Providence to host Cornell on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7:00 p.m.