Bears Host Annual Brown Soccer Classic

Providence, RI- The Brown University men's soccer team (1-0-1) will host its annual Dunkin' Donuts Brown Soccer Classic this weekend presented by Academy Bus, beginning on Friday, Sept. 10 and ending on Sunday, Sept, 12. Joining the Bears will be Hofstra, South Carolina and Yale.

The first game of the tournament, which features Yale and Hofstra, is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. The Bears will then take the field at 7:30 p.m., as they challenge South Carolina. There will be 200 Brown travel mugs given away, half-time contests with WBRU and various in-game promotions.

The second day of the tournament will be held on Sunday, Sept. 12, starting at noon when South Carolina takes on the Yale Bulldogs. The next game will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will feature the Bears and the Hofstra Pride.

Tickets for the games are $5 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 12. Brown students with a valid student ID are also admitted FREE of charge.

The Bears are two games into the 2010 season and are coming off a dominating 4-0 victory over Bryant University and a 0-0 double overtime tie against cross-town rival Providence College during the Ocean State Soccer Classic last weekend. Junior midfielder Taylor Gorman (Freeport, ME) has led the offense thus far scoring two goals, while senior Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) and junior Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) have netted one apiece. Senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) has already earned his second shutout of the year in 200 minutes of play, and has seven saves to his name.

The South Carolina men's soccer team (1-0-0) is coming off a 2-0 victory over Clemson last week with goals by Blake Brettschneider and Will Traynor. Gamecock senior goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer received Conference USA Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors after collecting his fourth-consecutive shutout of Clemson on Friday.

The Yale Bulldogs (0-2) are coming off a heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to Fairfield on Tuesday. Andy Shorten scored his second goal of the season to give Yale a 1-0 lead, but the Stags tied id midway through the second half and then knocked in the game-winner in the second overtime period.

The Hofstra men's soccer squad enters the weekend 1-2 overall with losses coming to Stony Brook and St. Peter's while the lone win came against Iona. Mike Annarumma and Brett Carrington have tallied goals for the Pride this season, while Florian Popp has recorded one assist. Junior goalkeeper Greg Cumpstone is already tied for third in school history with 11 career shutouts.

Livestats will be available for ALL the games and the games vs. Brown will all be video streamed by B2 Networks. Also, fans can listen in as Mike Rubin and Mike Mancuso calling the action for Brown Internet Radio.

Also, head Coach Patrick Laughlin sat down for a few minutes to talk about the exciting weekend of soccer! Click HERE to view the most recent interview!