Men's Soccer Earns 2-1 Victory over Columbia in Ivy League Thriller

Oct. 4, 2008

Providence, RI - In its first Ivy League contest of the 2008 season, the Brown men's soccer team (6-2-1, 1-0-0 Ivy) earned a 2-1 victory over Columbia on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. Scoring for the Bears was rookie Evan Coleman (Amherst, MA) in the 53rd minute of play, as well as senior Rhett Bernstein (San Diego, CA), who tallied his fourth consecutive game-winning goal in the 73rd minute.

After a scoreless first half, both Brown and Columbia increased its intensity and came out firing in the second stanza. Coleman tallied the game's first goal at the 53:13 mark when he put in a diving header from a crossed ball by sophomore David Walls (West Yorkshire, England), who received the ball from sophomore Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ).

The Lions came right back and tied the game 1-1 at the 65:43 mark, when defender Ronnie Shaban knocked one in past Brown senior goalkeeper Jarrett Leech (Manakin-Sabot, VA) from the left side after a corner kick taken by Peter Morice.

Columbia had five shots in the second half, as Brown's defense did a fantastic job of stopping the Lions' offensive attack. Sophomore Ian Smith (Arlington, TX), Bernstein and senior co-captain Stephen Sawyer (Coppell, TX) made some great stops around the goal and were able to hold Columbia to just one goal. Bernstein was able to put the Brown squad on top in the 73rd minute of play, when he drove in a corner kick from senior Darren Howerton (Northboro, MA) from the left side to the low right corner to take the lead and eventually win the game, 2-1.

It was Bernstein's fourth consecutive goal (all game-winners) of the season, as Howerton, the Ivy League's assist leader, earned his fifth assist ranking him second all-time in Brown's career assist leaders with 25 total. Leech is still unbeaten in goal, as he improved his record to 5-0-1 on the season and picked up three saves in today's contest. Leech, who leads the Ivy League in save percentage and goals against average, boasts a 0.16 goals against average, and a .952 save percentage.