Late Second Half Flurry Lifts Bears To 3-1 Victory Over George Mason At Adidas Classic
Sept. 11, 2005
Providence, RI - After over 68 minutes of scoreless action, the Brown men's soccer team went on to score three goals en route to a 3-1 win over George Mason on Sunday afternoon in the final game of the 2005 adidas-Brown Classic. #3 UConn won the tournament with a 2-0 victory over #24 UNC-Greensboro earlier in the day. Juniors Ben Brackett and Ian Premo, along with senior Jamie Granger, scored for the Bears, as they took a second place finish at the Classic. Junior Matt Britner took home Defensive MVP honors for Brown while Brackett and freshman Rhett Bernstein were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Bears struggled in the first half, unable to get anything going offensively with Mason's defense clinging tight. Brown's best scoring chance came with just 40 seconds left to play in the half as the Patriots misplayed a ball inside the box that sophomore Kevin Davies almost bumped over the head of Mason keeper Jeremy Jessup.
Head Coach Mike Noonan's team renewed itself in the second with better passing that lead to several scoring opportunities. The quickness of freshman Scott Geppert nearly landed Brown on the board seven minutes into the half when he out-ran his defender for a loose ball in the box. A diving Jessup was able to cut Geppert's shot off just in time, preserving the 0-0 score.
At the 68:58 mark, freshman Darren Howerton was awarded a free kick when he was fouled just outside the top of the box. Howerton's serve to the middle of the goal connected with Brackett, who blasted a header into the upper right hand corner of the net from point blank range.
Just under eight minutes later, the Bears struck again, as freshman Stephen Sawyer threaded a perfect lead pass to junior Ibrahim Diane to the near corner. Premo then one-timed Diane's cross past Jessup from the far corner of the box to give Brown a 2-0 lead.
George Mason kept itself in the game with a goal at the 82:53 mark when Karim Manneh headed one past junior David Semenza off a free kick taken by Teba McKnight.
The Bears wasted no time getting back an insurance goal as Granger tipped in a perfect cross from Davies off a breakaway 48 seconds later.
Semenza posted two saves in net as Brown out-shot the Patriots 9-3. Brown continues home action on Friday at 7 p.m. against Boston University.
2005 adidas-Brown Classic
1st place-University of Connecticut
2nd place-Brown University
4th place-George Mason
George Mason-Anthony Noreiga
George Mason-Teba McKnight