Bears Fall To Clemson In Tough 1-0 Loss At adidas-Classic

Sept. 10, 2004

Providence, RI - In a hard fought game that easily could have gone the other way, the Brown men's soccer team fell to visiting Clemson at the seventh annual adidas-Brown Classic in front of a capacity crowd Friday night. Brown falls to 0-2 on the season, losing to the eighth ranked team in the country, Boston College, last Friday.

Despite out-shooting the Tigers 14-5 on the night, the Bears failed to capitalize on many chances. Clemson scored the game-winning goal in the 27th minute of the first half. Senior Steven Rhyne beat his man one-on-one inside the box and managed to get his own rebound after senior goalkeeper Chris Gomez (Huntington Beach, CA) made the initial save. Rhyne fired back a shot from about five yards out that landed in the top inside corner of the net.

The Bears had several scoring opportunities, including two near-goals in the first half alone. Both chances were created by freshman Kevin Davies (Port Washington, NY), who ended the night with three shots on net.

In the second half, Brown dominated play, out-shooting Clemson 9-1 and getting off eight corner kicks to the Tigers one.

In goal, Gomez recorded two hard-earned saves for the Bears while sophomore Phil Marfuggi was forced to make seven for Clemson.

The action will continue on Sunday for Brown as it will face San Francisco at 1:30 p.m. in the conclusion of the Classic. In today's first game, the Dons were victorious over Yale, 2-1 in overtime. Clemson will play the Bulldogs at 11 a.m. on Sunday in the first game of the day.

Scoring: Clemson-Rhyne (unassisted) 27:01
Shots: Brown-14 Clemson-5
Saves: Gomez (Brown)-2; Marfuggi (Clemson)-7
Corner Kicks: Brown-11; Clemson-3
Fouls: Brown-17; Clemson-17