No. 13 Bears Hit the Road to Face Princeton
Providence, RI- The No. 13 ranked Brown University men's soccer team hits the road to head to New Jersey to take on the Princeton Tigers at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 at Myslik Field. The Bears boast a 7-0-2 record and own a 1-0 mark in Ivy League play after defeating Columbia 3-0 at Stevenson Field, and the Tigers have combined for a 5-3-1 overall record and are 1-0 in the league after a 3-0 win against Dartmouth.
The Bears, ranked in all four national polls, received its top billing in the NSCAA coaches poll at the No. 13 spot on Tuesday afternoon. The nation's leader in save percentage, goals against average and shutout percentage, Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) has led a stingy Brown defense that has surrendered just one goal, and shutout eight opponents this season. Grandstrand ranks first in the country in goals against average (0.11), save percentage (.971) and shutout percentage (0.88).
Eight Bears have tallied at least one goal this season as Brown has combined for 16 overall. The squad is averaging 14.8 shots per game and scoring 1.78 goals per game, while holding their opponents to 11.1 shots per game. Junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) leads the attack with 11 points earned off of four goals and three assists. Senior forward Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) has chipped in with three goals and three assists, while junior Austin Mandel (Tarzana, CA) has a team-high four assists.
In the all-time series that began in 1948, Brown has a commanding 33-19-6 lead. The Bears have won the last four meetings, including a 4-2 game in Providence last season. Rosa added two of the goals in the win, and junior Jay Hayward (Acton, MA) pitched in with one. Princeton has not won a game against the Bears since 2004.