Harvard Offense Too Tough for Brown

Oct. 14, 2006

Providence, RI - The No. 14 Brown men's soccer team was handed its second loss of the week on Saturday afternoon when the Harvard Crimson defeated the Bears in a 6-2 battle.

The Bears (8-3-1,2-1-1) started the game off strong and scored the first goal of the afternoon just 10:58 into the game. The goal was set up by Brown midfielder Brian Joyce (Silver Spring, MD) who launched a corner kick to sophomore defender Rhett Bernstein (San Diego, CA) who tallied his sixth goal of the season putting Bruno ahead 1-0.

But the Crimson (9-4-0, 3-1-0) wasn't going to give up and went on to score the next six goals of the game. The spree was started by Harvard forward Andrew Akpan's cross to teammate John Stamatis who connected with the ball and put it past Brown's goalkeeper David Semenza (Honolulu, HI) at 21:12 to tie the game at 1-1.

Just nine minutes later Harvard went at it again as forward Matt Hoff scored inside the box at 30:33 off a Michael Fucito assist and put Harvard up 2-1 heading into halftime.

It was more of the same in the second half, as forward Charles Altchek scored Harvard's next two goals - the first at 49:35 and the second at 51:50 after a scramble inside the box. Both of Altchek's goals were assisted by Fucito and put the Crimson up 4-1.

At 57:07 Fucito fired a shot from inside the box and scored his sixth goal of the season off an Akpan assist. Bears goalkeeper Jarrett Leech (Manakin-Sabo, VA) entered the game to try put a stop to Harvard's offense, but minutes later Fucito picked up his seventh goal off a Stamatis cross putting Harvard ahead 6-1.

Although it was a little too late, Brown found their offense with just seven minutes left in the game. Junior defender Laurent Manuel (New York, NY) crossed the ball to forward Jamie Granger (Lebanon, NJ) who put the ball in making the score 6-2.

Harvard goalkeeper Adam Hahn recorded three saves and Brown goalkeepers Semenza (3-1-0) had two saves and Leech(5-2-1) had one.

Brown will look to get back on track at the University of Rhode Island at 7 p.m. on Wednesday and will then host Cornell at 7 p.m. on Saturday.