Providence, RI- The No. 17 Brown University men's soccer team played an inspiring second half scoring three goals en route to a 4-1 senior night victory over the visiting Yale Bulldogs on senior night. T.J. Popolizio (Rexford, NY), Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA), Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) and Kevin Gavey (Fairfield, CT) each scored goals to improve the Bears to 11-2-3 overall and move to 3-2-1 in the Ivy League. The Bulldogs dropped to 301102 on the year and fell to 1-4-1 in league play.
Sophomores Dylan Remick and Thomas McNamara took Brown's first two shots of the night, but both were stopped by the Yale defense just two minutes into the game. However, Yale started off strong and charged down the field to take its first shot on goal just 9:10 into the game. Sophomore defender Milan Tica passed the ball up freshman forward Peter Jacobson who headed the ball to the high left corner past Brown's Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) to take a 1-0 lead.
The early goal seemed to rattle the Bears a bit as the squad played a bit tentative in the next 30 minutes. Both teams had their share of the ball as Yale tallied four shots while Brown rattled off eight during the first period. Junior Jay Hayward (Acton, MA) subbed in at the 32:44 mark, and proved to be an immediate spark for the Bears. The Bears fired off three shots in the span of a minute, which included one by Hayward that was saved by Yale goalkeeper Bobby Thalman, and another by Thomas McNamara that hit the crossbar.
It wasn't until the 40th minute that the Bears would score the equalizer. Hayward took a throw-in down on the left side of the field at about the 20-yard line and Popolizio was able to get his head on it and put it past Thalman to tie the game at 1-1 heading into halftime.
Bruno came out inspired in the second half and dominated the Bulldogs from the start. Yale, who had four shots in the first half, was only able to muster one in the second as the Bears nearly doubled their shots taking 14 in final 45 minutes of play.
Hayward tallied the first shot at the 53:13 mark that was saved by Thalman, and a Coleman header missed wide 30 seconds later. But Coleman connected at 58:38 right inside the goal area after McNamara popped the ball up to Coleman who one-touched it to the lower left corner to take a 2-1 lead.
Then, just nine minutes later, Walls transitioned the ball up the field to Rosa, who weaves through two Yale defensemen, as well as the goalie and strikes the ball into an open net to go up 3-1 on the Bulldogs.
Gavey checked into the game for Walls at the 85:45 mark and tallied his first career goal just two minutes later. Rosa crossed the ball to senior Ian Smith (Arlington, TX) who chipped the ball to Gavey, who headed one past Thalman to increase the lead to 4-1.
Yale's only look on goal in the second half came just 20 seconds before the final whistle. Yale's Chris Dennen charged in to meet a pass and just barely got his foot on it to roll it toward Grandstrand who picked up his first and only save of the game.
The Bears will face Dartmouth at 4:00 p.m. on Nov. 13 for its final game of the regular season.