Bears Upset by Old Dominion in Second Round of NCAA Tournament

Nov. 28, 2007

Providence, RI - In a double overtime game, the Brown men's soccer team (15-2-1) fell to Old Dominion (14-6-3), 2-1, in the second round of the Division I NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. Senior Kevin Davies (Port Washington, NY) tallied his 11th goal of the year to score Brown's only goal of the game in the second half.

Old Dominion lit up the scoreboard first after A.J. Kulp blasted a free kick past Brown's goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) from 45 yards out. The ball sailed directly over the Bears' defensive wall and to the right corner of the goal at the 11 minute mark.

The Monarchs held the lead going into halftime, but the Bears were able to score just three minutes into the half on a goal by Davies. After a David Walls (West Yorkshire, England), Davies used his left foot to knock one past goalkeeper Evan Newton to tie the game at 1-1.

"In the first half we were feeling them out a bit," said senior captain and Ivy League Player of the Year Matt Britner (Halifax, NS). In the second half we had more confidence, then we got the goal. That got the crowd into the game and got us more into the game."

The Bears kept attacking the stingy Monarch defense, and out-shot Old Dominion 18-10 for the game. At the 80 minute mark, Davies took a shot at the top of the penalty box, but went just high of the goal. The Bears also had great scoring opportunities by sophomore Nick Elenz-Martin (Encinitas, CA) and sophomore Christopher Roland (Rochester, NY) in the 97th minute of play, but both were knocked away by Newton.

Grandstrand, who picked up four saves on the night, made a tremendous one in the 106th minute. David Horst headed the ball to the bottom right corner of the goal, but was stopped by a diving Grandstrand.

ODU's golden goal came in the 106:45 mark, when Nane Jospeh sent a ball up to Ambane Emmanuel. Emmanuel's shot from 16 yards out looped over Grandstrand and into the back of the net.

"We just turned over, lost possession," said Britner about the play leading to ODU's winning goal. "Ambane Emmanuel took off, which is what we expected. The ball got over my head and it turned in to a footrace between Rhett (Bernstein) and him. The guy got through, and Paul (Grandstrand) lost his footing a bit. IT wasn't an extremely difficult finish, but he put it away"

"The difficult thing is it's hollow after what this team has accomplished," said Brown Head Coach Mike Noonan. "This team has probably got more character and trust than any I've coached."