Providence, RI- The Brown University men's soccer team (1-0-1) and Providence College (1-0-) battled for 120 minutes on Stevenson Field this afternoon, but neither team was able to find the back of the net to end the contest in a 0-0 double overtime draw. However, the Friars earned the Ocean State Soccer Classic title after defeating the Bears in penalty kicks, 5-4. Senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN), sophomore Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL), and sophomore Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) earned a spot on the All-Tournament team, while junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) was named the Offensive MVP.
Despite Brown's 13-8 advantage in overall shots for the game, the Bears could not get on the scoreboard after coming off its 4-0 first-round win against Bryant on Friday afternoon. Senior Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) led the offense with four shots, two on goal, while junior Taylor Gorman (Freeport, ME), junior Jay Hayward (Acton, MA) and Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA) each tallied two for the Bears.
Both teams had some solid looks on goal, which included a header by sophomore Ryan McDuff (Plano, TX) midway through the first half that missed high, and Okafor blasted a shot at the 31-minute mark only to be saved by PC's Jhojan Obando in goal. The Bears did get one by Obando during the overtime period, but the goal was called back due to an offsides call.
Grandstrand earned his first of five total saves in net just seven minutes into the contest when PC's Andrew Sousa rifled one toward the goal at the 12:22 mark. But Grandstrand, just like the Bears, remained solid throughout and kept the Friars off the scoreboard.
The Bears back line once again did an outstanding job keeping the Friars away from the goal and showed its strength today, as David Walls, Remick, sophomore Eric Robertson and McDuff each made remarkable plays. Remick had a clutch header that saved a ball from finding the back of the net in the first half, and McDuff headed the ball away from the goal just a minute into the second overtime.
The game saw 34 fouls called today and a total of five yellow cards were handed out as both teams battled for the Ocean State title. PC's Obando earned three saves in net in his 110 minutes of play, while Grandstrand finished with five.
The Bears are back in action this weekend when it hosts the Brown Soccer Classic. The Bears will play at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10 in the second game of the night, and will come back for a 2:30 game on Sept. 12. Also competing in the tournament is South Carolina, Hofstra and Yale.
Check out Paul Grandstrand's video interview!
URI- Dwane Williams
URI – Robby Gargaro
Bryant – Christian Carrasquillo
Bryant – Matthew D'Amelio
Brown – Paul Grandstrand
Brown – Dylan Remick
Brown – Thomas McNamara
PC – Greg Davis
PC – Dan Fabian
PC – Jhojan Obando
Brown – Sean Rosa
Providence – Bryan Minogue