Brown Beats BC To Advance To Second Round Of NCAA Soccer Tournament

Brown Downs Boston College 2-1 in NCAA First Round

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the final game of the 2010 season at Stevenson
Field in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, No. 14 Brown (12-3-3,
3-3-1 Ivy) took on No. 21 Boston College (10-5-5, 2-2-4 ACC), and even
though the two teams had not met in over two years, it proved to be a
hotly-contested match. The Bears netted a goal early in the game and
one late in the first half to take a 2-1 win and advance to the Second
Round.

Even though Boston College head coach Ed Kelly had coached more games
against Brown than Bears first-year head coach Patrick Laughlin had
coached at Brown, it was the Bears that came out as the poised yet
aggressive and ready-to-strike team, especially in the first 10
minutes of the match, as they registered five shots to BC's zero.

Senior Jon Okafor (Verona, N.J.) started the first half off with a
bang as the forward took control of the ball 15 yards off of midfield
on the pass from junior Taylor Gorman (Freeport, Maine). Okafor put on
a clinic in dribbling as he streaked towards the goal with a BC
defender draped all over him. The senior remained calm however,
breaking slightly right, then firing left, beating the Eagles keeper
for the first goal of the game just 10:02 into the match.

The Bear offense continued to attack and with 10:48 to play when
junior All-Ivy League forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) took
control on the left side in the Eagle zone, worked down to within 10
yards and rocketed a ball high at center net. The shot would have
increased the Bear lead to two, but BC's goalkeeper Justin Luthy was
able to fully extend upwards and just get a hand on the ball to
deflect the shot over the net.

Brown was able to squeeze off two more direct shots on net, but Luthy
was able to square up and make the save on each attempt to keep the
Eagles in the game. A minute later, it was Boston College sophomore
Kyle Becker who put one in from 25 yards out and tied of the game at
one at the 40:23 mark.

The Bears took exception to the BC score and following celebration,
and revved up the offensive effort. Just over two minutes later, a
pass in from sophomore Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.) set up
Gorman who was able to find Austin Mandel (Tarzana, Calif.). The
junior forward took quick control and blasted one in from the right
side to put Brown back up 2-1.

Midway through the second half, sophomore Dylan Remick (Inverness,
Ill.) showed off the impressive speed that made him an a First Team
All-Ivy selection as he intercepted a pass deep in the Bear zone and
took it the length of the field even with a BC defender tugging at his
jersey.

Remick continued to play everywhere on the field and was taken down on
another breakaway which set up a free kick for the Bears at the
14-minute mark. Junior Jay Hayward (Acton, Mass.) took the kick,
getting a strong strike on the ball, but the shot went off the post,
which kept the Eagles within one.

As much as the Brown offense was relied upon in the first half and
much of the second, it was First Team All-Ivy keeper Paul Grandstrand
(Orono, Minn.) and the Bear defense that closed out the game.
Grandstrand made four saves and faced 15 total shots.

Brown moves on to face Connecticut (12-2-5) in Storrs, Conn. in a
second round matchup on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m.