September 27, 2013

Men’s Soccer Blanks Marist, 5-0

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Tariq Akeel (Rochester Hills, Mich.) knocked in a pair of goals and three other Bears also found the back of the net as the Brown men's soccer team rolled past Marist, 5-0, Friday night at Stevenson Field.

Brown improves to 2-4-1 with the win and posted five goals in a game for the first time since Sept. 19, 2009, when the Bears downed Rhode Island, 5-0. Marist fell to 1-7-1 overall.

Brown took advantage of a pair of Marist fouls early in the contest, starting with a trip in box at 4:53. Senior Jose Salama (Madrid, Spain) buried the penalty kick for his second tally of the season to push the Bears on top, 1-0.

The Bears struck again less than three minutes later when Akeel notched his first goal in the eighth minute. Sophomore Jack Gorab (Newport Beach, Calif.) struck a free kick from about 40 yards out into the box, where Akeel found an opening and headed a shot past Marist keeper Anthony Sokalski for the two-goal advantage.

Brown continued to press on the offensive end until Akeel registered his second tally on the contest at 13:28. After an initial Brown shot deflected off the crossbar, senior Voltaire Escalona (Blue Bell, Pa.) hit the crossbar again with a rebounded shot, before Akeel made the most of the third shot and headed in the second rebound to beat Sokalski for the 3-0 lead.

The Bears tacked on the fourth goal of the opening half at 43:07, when freshman Jason Pesek (St. Louis, Mo.) sent a cross from the left flank to the far post, where freshman Nate Pomeroy (Groton, Mass.) finished the one-timer for his first career goal. Brown outshot the visitors by a margin of 15-4 in the opening 45 minutes.

After intermission, the Bears scored the fifth and final goal of the contest at 81:15 when junior Daniel Taylor (Greenwich, Conn.) traveled down the right side and sent a pass up front to junior Tommy Arns (Barrington, Ill.), who flicked a shot to the top right of the net.

Senior Josh Weiner (Armonk, N.Y.) made two saves in net for the Bears for his second shutout of the season, while Sokalski made eight saves on the other end. Brown outshot the Red Foxes, 22-6, and held a 3-1 edge in corner kicks.

The Bears return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 1 when they host Boston University at 7 p.m. For tickets, purchase online, call the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or walk up to the Box Office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.