September 16, 2005

Bears' Defense Obliterates BU Attack In 1-0 Victory

Sept. 16, 2005

Providence, RI - The Brown men's soccer team came away with a 1-0 victory over Boston University on Friday night at Stevenson Field, improving the Bears record to 3-2 on the season. Brown's backfield was superb, as it did not allow a shot on goal. Brown's attack on the other hand, had several chances and finally capitalized on its 15th shot of the game, ten minutes into the second half. Freshman Scott Geppert (Coppell, TX) registered his second goal of the season when he collected a rebound off a shot by fellow freshman Darren Howerton (Northboro, MA), which hit the post.

From the opening whistle Brown had complete control of the game, setting up play after play in the Terrier's zone, but after a point blank header by Geppert, a left-footed volley by junior Brian Joyce (Bethesda, MD), and a wide-open rebound shot off the foot of senior Keith Caldwell (Braintree, MA), the Bears still found themselves scoreless.

Heading into the last half of the first, Brown's stingy defense, led by senior co-captain Matt Britner (Halifax, Nova Scotia), sophomore Laurent Manuel (New York, NY) and freshman Rhett Bernstein (San Diego, CA) continued to create quick counterattacks for the Bears' attacking midfield. After 11 shots, including nine quality scoring chances, Brown still went into the locker room with the scoreboard showing a 0-0 score.

The Terriers attack was completely shutdown by the Brown defense as it allowed just one shot, which was well off-target, in the first half. The second half went no better for BU as it was shutdown once again, getting no shots on goal the entire game.

Brown finally dotted all its i's at the 55:02 mark with the game-winning goal from five yards out by Geppert. He is now tied for second in scoring on the team with four points on the season. Howerton leads the Bears with three assists.

Brown will travel down to Conway, SC to take part in the Coastal Carolina/adidas Invitational. The Bears will square off against #21 VCU on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. On Sunday, the team will face the College of Charleston at 1 p.m.