Rosas Game-Winner Leads Brown to 2-1 Upset over No. 24 Indiana
Providence, RI- Junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) scored in the 82nd minute to give the Brown men's soccer team a 2-1 lead and earn a thrilling upset over the No. 24-nationally ranked Indiana Hoosiers on Friday night at Stevenson Field.
Indiana was able to light up the scoreboard first this evening after senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) blocked a shot by Tommy Meyer, but Indiana's Andy Adlard collected the rebound and nailed one past Grandstrand to give the Hoosiers a 1-0 lead just 15:05 into the game.
After the first goal, the Hoosiers seemed to gain a lot of confidence as the squad fired off five shots to Brown's one in the next 12 minutes, but the Bears remained patient and stuck with their game as their intensity picked up on both ends of the field.
Rosa blasted a shot high toward the goal at the 33:19 mark, but Indiana goalkeeper Luis Soffner was able to jump up and punch it right over the crossbar sending it out of bounds. Just a few minutes later junior Jay Hayward (Acton, MA) followed up with a shot on goal, but once again it was saved by Soffner, who earned all four of his saves in the first period.
Just four minutes and 40 seconds into the second period, junior midfielder Rob Medairos (Stafford, VA) chipped the soccer ball up to sophomore Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY), who volleyed one in past Soffner to tie the game 1-1. The Bears seemed to take control at this point, gaining momentum and maintaining possession of the ball for the remainder of the game. Junior Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA) then sent a shot high over the goal with the time at 59:45, but the feisty Hoosiers came right back down the field and took a shot at Grandstrand. Grandstrand made the stop, and picked up his third save of the night at the 61:29 mark.
Then, in the 82nd minute of play, senior forward Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) played the ball to Rosa who snuck one by Soffner to give Bruno a 2-1 lead and an eventual win over the visiting Hoosiers.
Indiana outshot the Bears 14-10 this evening, but the Bears tallied six shots on goal to Indiana's four. The Hoosiers edged Brown in corner kicks, 5-3, as Soffner ended the night with four saves in goal and Grandstrand finished with three.
Rosa led the Bears' attack with three shots, two on goal, in his 72 minutes of play, while Coleman and Hayward added two shots.
The win improves Brown to 3-0-2 on the year, while the Hoosiers fall to 2-3-0. Brown will now travel to Boston University where it will take on the Terriers at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday.