No. 13 Brown Takes on No. 14 Penn on Saturday
Providence, RI- The No. 13 ranked Brown University men's soccer team will take on the No. 14 University of Pennsylvania Quakers at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Rhodes Field. Penn boasts an 11-3-0 record with an unblemished 4-0-0 mark in the Ivy League and are tied for first place in the Ancient Eight. The Bears improved to 10-1-3 after a victory over Holy Cross on Tuesday night, and are in third place in the standings with a 2-1-1 record.
After winning six consecutive games while featuring a 549:40 shutout streak, the second-longest in Penn history, the Quakers fell 2-1 to Penn State in its final non-conference game of the season on Wednesday evening. Junior defender Thomas Brandt came up with the equalizer in the 68th minute, but it wasn't enough to get by the Nittany Lions.
Freshman forward Stephen Baker leads the Quaker attack with 16 points on a team-high seven goals and two assists. Following Baker is sophomore midfielder Travis Cantrell and junior defender Thomas Brandt with four goals apiece. Junior midfielder Christian Barreiro has a team-best six assists, and has also chipped in with three goals.
Senior goalkeeper Ben Berg has started in all 14 games for the Quakers and is 11-3-0 playing all 1284:51 minutes. He has allowed just eight goals on the year and has compiled 50 saves and seven shutouts.
Penn's four Ivy wins have come against Cornell (1-0), Columbia (1-0), Dartmouth (1-0) and Yale (2-0).
Brown University senior Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) and junior Jay Hayward (Acton, MA) scored during the Bears' 2-0 win over Holy Cross on Tuesday. The shutout victory gave senior goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) his 11th shutout of the year, which set a new Brown University record for shutouts in a season. He is now just one shutout shy of breaking the current record for shutouts in a career (24) set by Matt Cross '01.
Junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) leads Brown in scoring with 13 points on five goals and three assists. Following behind is Okafor with four goals and three assists, while Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, NY) and T.J. Popolizio (Rexford, NY) each have added three goals.
Brown and Penn will be meeting for the 58th time on Saturday as the Bears lead the all-time series 28-22-7. The Quakers have won the last two meetings, as Loukas Tasigianis scored just 14:46 into the game to earn a 1-0 victory in Providence last year, as Penn earned a 4-0 win the year before. Brown's last win came in 2007, defeating Penn 3-0.
Brown's two Ivy League wins this season have been against Cornell (2-0) and Columbia (3-0), while falling to Princeton (3-0) and earning a tie against Harvard (0-0).