October 9, 2010

No. 13 Bears Earn First Loss of Season; Falls 3-0 to Princeton

Princeton, NJ- The No. 13 ranked Brown men's soccer team earned its first loss of the 2010 season when it fell 3-0 to Princeton University on Saturday afternoon at Myslik Field.  The Bears dropped to 7-1-2 overall with a 1-1 mark in Ivy League play, while Princeton improved to 6-3-1 overall with a 2-0 record in the league.

The Tigers tallied their first marker just 15:51 into the game.  Teddy Schneider blasted a free kick from 20 yards out that Matt Sanner was able to head to Lester Nare who put one past Brown's senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand to take an early 1-0 lead.

Linnville increased the Tigers lead to 2-0 in the 59th minute by scoring his first career goal on help from Schneider.  Schneider sent a cross into the box from the left side and Linnville headed it in on the near side. 

The Bears outshot the Tigers 16-10 in the game, but both squads took five shots on goal apiece.  Brown earned 12 corners this afternoon and held Princeton to just four, but Bruno only got off a single shot that was saved by goalkeeper Sean Lynch. 

The Bears had a few great looks on the net, which included an early header by junior forward Sean Rosa that hit the cross bar in the 15th minute, as well as a shot that bent just wide of a leaping Lynch by junior forward Austin Mandel in the 35th minute. 

Princeton's goalkeeper Lynch, who made three saves in nearly 68 minutes of play, was replaced by Max Gallin after going down with an injury.  Gallin picked up two saves in 22 minutes of play, as the Tigers went on to secure its third goal of the night in the 70th minute.

Schneider took a corner kick on the near side and was able to get the ball to Nare who headed the ball past Grandstrand on the far side of the goal to put the game out of reach for the Bears.

Brown's Thomas McNamara, Rosa and Mandel took a team-high three shots apiece to lead the attack, while Grandstrand ended the night with two saves in 90 minutes of play this afternoon. 

Brown will be back in action next Saturday when it hosts Harvard at 7:00 p.m.