October 8, 2011

Popolizio Scores Twice to Lead Bears to Thrilling 3-2 Overtime Victory over Princeton

Providence, RI- Senior forward TJ Popolizio scored twice, including 1:23 into overtime to lift the Brown men's soccer team (6-4-1, 1-1 Ivy) to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Princeton Tigers (2-7-1, 0-2 Ivy) on Saturday evening at Stevenson Field.

The Bears lit up the scoreboard first at the 30:45 mark when senior forward Sean Rosa (Montreal, Quebec) flicked a pass to senior midfielder Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA) in front of the net. Coleman was able to get a foot on it and put it past Princeton's Max Gallin to tally his first goal of the season.

However, Princeton was able to score the equalizer just five minutes later at the 35:03 mark when Antoine Hoppoenot knocked in a penalty kick to notch his fourth goal of the year for the Tigers as both teams headed into the locker room at the half tied at 1-1.

The Bears out shot the Tigers 11-8 in the first half, but Princeton held a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks. Junior goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss picked up two saves in net that half, as did Gallin.

The Tigers came out of the gates roaring at scored just two minutes into the second period. Patrick O'Neil shot a pass to Matt Sanner who rifled one in from 25 yards out that went past Kernan-Schloss to the bottom right corner of the net.

Just as the game was starting to look bleak for the Bears, Popolizio came up with a huge goal for Bruno at 81:55 mark. Senior Jay Hayward (Acton, MA) crossed one in front of the net and Popolizio jumped up and got his head on it to even the score at 2-2 to earn his seventh goal of the season.

Kernan-Schloss and Galin both made big saves in the final few minutes of regulation to lead the defensive effort for their teams to send the game into overtime.

It didn't take long for the Bears in OT, as Popolizio came up with the golden goal just 1:23 into the overtime period. Senior midfielder Taylor Gorman, Brown's assist leader, sent a free kick over toward the left side of the goal. Popolizio went up to meet the ball and knocked it in to the bottom right corner to give the Bears their victory Ivy League win.

Brown outshot Princeton 19-17 overall this evening, but the Tigers led 7-6 overall in corner kicks. Kernan-Schloss had a career-high seven saves in goal, while Galin picked up four in net for the Tigers.

The Bears will hit the road to take on Harvard for a 7 p.m. game on Oct. 15, and will then travel to Ithaca for a 3:30 pm match at Cornell on Oct. 22.