Brown Soccer to Challenge California in NCAA Third Round on Sunday
Berkeley, Calif. - The Brown University men's soccer team (12-3-4) will take on No. 6 seed California (13-2-3) at 4:30 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Nov. 28, at Goldman Field in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Making its 25th appearance in the NCAA tournament, including five in the last six years, the Bears are coming off a 2-1 first round win over Boston College and followed it up with a thrilling 1-1 (2ot) tie against Connecticut. Brown advanced to the third round of the tournament on the strength of junior Jay Hayward's (Acton, MA) penalty kick to prevail over the Huskies, 7-6 last Sunday afternoon.
Junior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) has led the Bears' attack this season with a team-high 17 points on six goals and five assists, while senior Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ) follows with 13 points on five goals and three assists. Brown's offense is averaging 16.6 shots per game, and has combined for 30 goals this season as the Bears hold their opponents to just 11 shots per game.
Brown's stalwart backline has been guided by first team All-Ivy senior goalkeeper, Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN). Playing 1790:00 minutes, Grandstrand has combined for 11 shutouts this season and has allowed just 10 goals (0.50 gaa) while recording 64 saves (.865 save %). Sophomores Dylan Remick (Inverness, IL) Ryan McDuff (Plano, TX) and Eric Robertson (San Antonio, TX) and senior David Walls (Leeds, England) have played an integral role in Brown's defensive success all season long.
After earning a Pac-10 Championship and a first-round bye, California is coming off a 2-1 overtime victory over UC Santa Barbara. Senior forward Davis Paul scored the Golden Bears' golden goal with just one second remaining in the first overtime earn the win. Cal is currently riding a five-game a five-game winning streak and a six-game unbeaten streak in Sunday's contest.
Leading the Cal offense is Davis with eight goals, including five game-winners, and a single-season record of 13 assists for 29 points. Four Bears have scored five or more goals for the team, as the squad has combined for 37 goals in 18 games. Junior goalkeeper David Bingham has led the defense with seven shutouts in 1778:40 played. He has allowed 14 goals and has combined for 113 saves.
Sunday will mark just the third time Brown and California will meet, as Cal leads the series 1-0-1. The first meeting came on Sept. 14, 1997 when Cal defeated the Bears 1-0 on Sept. 17, 1997 during Brown's annual Brown Soccer Classic to earn the title. The last time these two squads competed was on Sept. 24, 2000, when then ranked No. 4 Cal tied Brown in a double overtime scoreless draw in the Stanford Nike Invitational.