Oct. 2, 2004
Providence, RI - The 20th ranked Brown men's soccer team (4-2-2, 1-0-0) opened up the Ivy League season with a 3-2 victory over visiting Columbia at Stevenson Field Saturday night. The Bears, who are undefeated in their last six games, have not lost to Columbia since 1992. Brown came out strong in the first half, knocking in all three of its goals in the first 29 minutes of play. The Lions threatened in the second half, making it a one-goal game but the Bears were able to hold off for the win. Senior Marcos Romaneiro had a hand in all three of the Bears' goals, scoring one and assisting on the other two.
Brown took a 1-0 lead at the 17:24 mark when junior Brian Weeks made a great pass to Romaneiro inside the box. Romaneiro maneuvered around the Columbia defense and got off a left-footed shot that sailed past the Lions' goalie for his first goal of the season.
A little over seven minutes later the Bears took a 2-0 advantage with a goal by sophomore Andrew Daniels, the first of his career. Romaneiro took a free kick just inches away from the side of the box. After senior Jeff Larentowicz muffed a kick at the dead center of the box, the ball rolled to Daniels, who knocked in a low shot from the goal line.
The offense kept rolling for Brown as it scored again, just under four minutes later at the 28:18 mark off another free kick. This time Romaneiro kicked it from far away in the corner and a streaking Larentowicz was able to make contact with the ball at the end of his foot. The ball glided over the goalie's head and into the opposite corner of the net.
The momentum quickly changed in the second half as the Lions suddenly found they way back into the game with two goals in the first 15 minutes of play. Columbia out-shot Brown 16-3 in the second half but the difference proved to be the Bears' stalwart between the posts. Senior goalkeeper Chris Gomez made a countless number of plays to help keep the Lions off the board for good and ensure the Brown victory. Gomez finished with a career-high 13 saves, including eight in the second half.
The Bears will continue Ivy play next Saturday as they travel to Princeton for a 7 p.m. game.