Smithfield, RI- Head Men's Soccer Coach Patrick Laughlin picked up his first win of the 2010 season as the Brown soccer team cruised to a 4-0 victory against host Bryant University on Friday afternoon during the Ocean State Classic. Junior Taylor Gorman (Freeport, ME) lit up for two goals this afternoon while senior Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) and junior Sean Rosa (Montreal, QC) tallied one to give Bruno the exciting season-opening win.
After Brown and Bryant combined for five fouls in the opening 10 minutes of play, the Bears were able to settle down and run their offense. Rosa recorded the first shot of the game at the 10:16 mark which was saved by Bryant's Victor Tutino, and it wasn't more than two minutes later when junior Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA) fired off a shot that missed wide. However, Okafor proved a third time's a charm as he registered the Bears' first goal of the game at the 15:52 mark to put the Bears ahead, 1-0. Assists were credited to both Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL) and Mandel.
The Bears recorded three more shots during the first period for a total of six, while their stingy defense allowed the Bulldogs to just three as Brown headed into halftime with a 1-0 edge.
Senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) picked up his first of two saves just three minutes into the second period after Bryant's Jordan Martin fired one off, but the Bears came charging back to tally their second goal of the game just 25 seconds later when Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) sent a pass from the left side over to the top right of the box which was met by Rosa who put one past Tutino in the left corner of the net at 48:55.
Brown continued to pressure the Bulldogs and fired off six more shots before Gorman went to work. After a Mandel corner kick 65:13 into the game, Gorman connected on his first of two goals to boost Brown's lead to 3-0. Three minutes later, Gorman knocked in a free-kick to give Brown a 4-0 cushion and an eventual win.
Brown will now match up with Providence College at 3:30 p.m. on Monday in the championship game of the Ocean State Classic. The Friars earned a spot in the championship after defeating Rhode Island 2-1 on Thursday afternoon. Bryant and Rhody will battle it out in the consolation game hosted at Brown's Stevenson Field at 1:00 p.m.