No. 15 Brown Men’s Soccer Rolls by Rutgers, 3-1

Providence,RI-The No. 15 Brown men’s soccer team earned a 3-1 victory at Stevenson Field tonight in a battle against Rutgers University. The Bears still remain unbeaten this season as their record improved to 7-0-4 overall, while Rutgers dropped to 5-7 on the year.

Both squads came out of the gates firing, as Rutgers held an 11-10 shot advantage over the Bears in the first 45 minutes of play. The Scarlet Knights got on the scoreboard first at the 18:35 mark when Ibrahim Kamara headed the ball past Brown goalkeeper Jarrod Schlenker (Cranford, NJ). But that was the last ball to get past Schlenker, who earned his first career start this evening and made a career-high seven saves.

Brown answered back when senior forward T.J. Thompson received a pass from forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) who then chipped it to senior midfielder Nick Elenz-Martin (Encinitas, CA). Elenz-Martin then put one past goalkeeper Alex Morgans to tie the game at 1-1.

The Bears played a tenacious second half as the squad dominated on both ends of the field. Schlenker led the defense with seven spectacular saves, while the offense out shot Rutgers 12-9 in the final 45 minutes.

Rookie Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NJ) led Brown’s offense by taking five shots in tonight’s match, three of which were on goal. He finally found the back of the net at the 62:27 mark when he headed in a pass from Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA) off a Jay Hayward (Acton, MA) corner kick to tally his second career goal to give the Bears a 2-1 edge over the Scarlet Knights.

The Bears weren’t going to back down and continued to pick apart the Rutgers defense. At the 70:58 mark, sophomore Mike Manella (Toluca Lake, CA) beat his defender and got knocked down by Morgrans. With both Manella and Morgans on the ground, junior captain David Walls (Leeds, England) was following right behind and got to the ball and blasted one into the empty net to put the game out of reach, 3-1.

Schlenker earned his first win of the year and picked up seven saves in his 90 minutes of play. Morgans picked up five saves in the loss and moved to 0-3-0 on the year. The Bears out shot Rutgers 22-20, but both squads were even, 6-6, in corner kicks.

The Bears will battle Ivy League foe No. 6 Harvard at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 in Boston, Mass.