Brown Bears Beat Drexel in First Round of the NCAA Soccer Tournament

Ken Bell

kbell@abc6.com

Brown University news release…

 

No. 15 Brown Defeats Drexel 1-0 in NCAA First Round

 

Philadelphia,
PA- The No. 15 Brown men's soccer team tallied two goals in the first
half to defeat host Drexel, 2-0, in the first round of the NCAA
Tournament.  The Bears improved to 13-2-3 overall, while the Dragons
ended their season with a record of 12-4-3.

 

“We
are excited to have the opportunity to continue playing this season,”
said Head Coach Patrick Laughlin.  “Drexel provided a very difficult
challenge tonight, and it took all we had to be able to defeat them.  We
are looking forward to playing against, what I would consider, the best
team in the country on Sunday in Maryland.”

 

The
Bears didn't waste much time generating offensive opportunities, taking
four shots on goal in the opening eight minutes of play and scoring
their first goal 16:54 into the match.  First Team All-Ivy midfielder
Thomas McNamara (hometown?) found the back of the net when he headed in a
Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL) corner kick.  McNamara out-jumped his
opponent, and headed the ball into the upper right corner of the goal
past senior goalkeeper Tim Washam.  

 

With
under four minutes remaining in the first half, unanimous First Team
All-Ivy defender Remick served a cross to the middle of the box from the
left side.  Sophomore Daniel Taylor (Greenwich, CT) jumped up and
headed the ball in to give the Bears a 2-0 lead heading into the
intermission.

 

“I
think it was a good performance, coming in and playing in a tough
environment,” said senior co-captain Ryan McDuff.  “I was proud of the
guys and the way we defended, especially in the first half.”

 

Senior
Eric Robertson (San Antonio, TX) played phenomenal defense for the
Bears this evening, deflecting a few big scoring opportunities by the
Dragons to give the Bears their 11th shutout of the year.  Joining Robertson in his efforts were Remick, Alex Markes (Valencia, CA) andMcDuff.

 

“I
thought we played very well, as it's always hard going away to play,
especially in the NCAA Tournament,” said Remick.  “I thought we battled
Drexel very well.  We had a great game plan set in motion, and the guys
delivered it.”

 

The Bears outshot Drexel 10-6 in the first half, but the Dragons led 14-5 in the second to end the game with a 20-15 advantage.

 

Second Team All-Ivy goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss (Arlington, VA) recorded his 10th shutout, improving to 13-2-3.  Drexel's Washam also earned five saves in net to end the year at 12-3-3.

 

The Bears will now head to College Park, Md., to take on No. 2 Maryland on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m.