Brown Bears Beaten By Cal Bears In NCAA Soccer Tournament
Bears Post-Season Run Ends in 2-0 Loss to No. 6 California
Berkeley, Calif – The 2010 Brown University men's soccer season came
to an end in Berkeley this afternoon when No. 6 California defeated
Brown 2-0 on Goldman Field during the third round of the NCAA
Tournament. The Bears finished the season with a 12-4-4 overall
record and made its 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament, including
its fifth in the last six years.
The game was a defensive battle, as goalkeepers Paul Grandstrand
(Orono, MN) and David Bingham, who combined for 14 saves in today's
game, kept a flurry of shots fired from both teams out of the net
However, California was able to light up the scoreboard 29:47 into the
game and carry the momentum with them for the remainder of the game.
John Fitzpatrick, who led the Cal offense with four shots, including
three on goal, headed in a Davis Paul corner kick to the high right
corner of the net to earn his sixth goal of the season and give Cal a
Brown sophomore Thomas McNamara (West Nyack NY) nearly scored the
equalizer just three minutes after Cal's goal when he blasted a shot
from the left side right inside the box, but the ball went straight at
Bingham who made the save in net.
Sophomore Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA) followed with another shot for
Brown that was saved by Bingham, and junior forward Sean Rosa
(Montreal, Quebec) snuck one by the Cal defense but sent the ball
sailing high and over the net with 22 minutes left in the half.
California had a couple more chances, as Fitzpatrick tried another
header off a corner kick, but Grandstrand remained steady and strong
and earned the save. After a Cal foul with 16:46 remaining in the
first, junior Jay Hayward (Acton, MA) almost put in a free kick in the
high right corner of the net, but Bingham remained to keep the Bears
scoreless after the first 45 minutes.
Bingham recorded five saves in net in the first half, as Grandstrand
tallied four to keep the Bears within striking distance entering the
Cal came out after the half and took a few early shots toward the net,
but Brown's back line shut down their chances and sent the ball down
the field. Soon after, two Cal strikers charged the net as the ball
bounced inside the goal box, and a defensive miscue on the clear led
to an own-goal at the 52:13 mark to increase Cal's lead to 2-0.
Rosa tallied his fourth shot of the game with 27 remaining in the game
when beat two Cal defenders, as well as the goalie, and sent a shot
toward an open net. However, Bingham recovered quickly and came from
behind and dove in front of the ball to make the save.
The Bears could have easily gotten discouraged, especially after
freshman defender Eric Robertson was sidelined after receiving his
second yellow card of the game. Playing shorthanded for the remaining
26 minutes, the Bears still continued to penetrate the Cal defense,
including two shots from T.J. Popolizio (Rexford, NY) and senior
captain David Walls (Leeds, England).