Sept. 3, 2006
Providence, RI - The Brown men's soccer team (2-0-0) outlasted the Northeastern Huskies, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon. Senior Ian Premo (Florence, MA) scored the game-winner in the 56th minute, giving the Bears a sweep in their opening weekend of play.
The wet conditions at Stevenson Field slowed down the pace of the game, leading to rough play by both squads, but Head Coach Mike Noonan's squad came out firing on all cylinders in the second half. Ten minutes into the period, freshman TJ Thompson (Atkinson, NH) let a shot rip from the top of the box. Northeastern goalkeeper Mahmoud Talaat stopped the shot, but the rebound found its way to Premo's foot. The senior midfielder hit the open net for his first goal of the season.
From there, the Bears clamped down on the Northeastern offense, holding the Huskies to just six shots for the game. Sophomore goalkeeper Jarrett Leech (Manakin-Sabot, VA) needed to make only three saves to record the shutout.
Brown's offense also stayed on the Huskies, tallying eight shots in the half to bring its total to 16 for the game. Sophomore Darren Howerton (Northboro, MA) nearly doubled the Bears' lead in the 78th minute, but an offsides call nullified his goal.
The Bears will now prepare for next weekend's SMU-adidas Tournament. After a tussle with Tulsa on Friday at 5 p.m., the Bears will come back the following day to face the SMU Mustangs, who are currently ranked No. 6 in the NSCAA/adidas poll.