September 19, 2009

Bears Breeze to 5-0 Victory over Rhode Island

Kingston, RI – The Brown men’s soccer team (4-0-1) dominated the University of Rhode Island (2-4-0), 5-0, on Saturday evening at the URI Soccer Complex. Sophomore Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA) led the Bears’ offense with two goals, as rookie Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL), sophomore Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA) and junior Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) each tallied one apiece.


Brown lit up the scoreboard first just 17 minutes into the game after Remick headed one past URI goalkeeper Chris Pennock on a junior captain David Walls (Leeds, England) corner kick. Then, just one minute later, Coleman received a pass from sophomore Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) and sent a low shot to the right of Pennock to increase Brown’s lead to 2-0 in the first half.


Okafor put the Bears up 3-0 at the 33:29 mark after nailing a shot to the left corner after receiving a pass from senior T.J. Thompson (Atkinson, NH). The Bears tallied 10 shots in the first 45 minutes of play, as Bruno held onto a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.


Brown’s offense kept the pressure on the Rams, going on its fourth goal at the 57:17 mark. Mandel went on a break-away and put one in, and then posted another just three minutes later to put the game away at 5-0 with a shot to the bottom left corner. Senior midfielder Nick Elenz-Martin (Encitinas, CA) crossed the ball to Okafor, who then headed it to Mandel for the goal.


Junior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) earned his fourth win and shutout of the season, playing 65:21 minutes in tonight’s contest. Senior Jarrod Schlenker (Cranford, NJ) played the final 24:39 minutes. URI’s Pennock picked up four saves in goal playing 60:42 minutes, and Peyton Warwick tallied two saves in 29:18.


Brown led the game in shots (16-8), but URI edged Brown in corner kicks, 5-4.


The Bears now head out west to take on Santa Clara at 7:30 p.m. (PT) on Sept. 25, and then San Francisco at 2:00 p.m. (PT) on Sept. 27.