October 27, 2007

#4 Brown Brings Down Penn Quakers, 3-0, For Mike Noonan's 200th Career Victory

Oct. 27, 2007

Providence, RI - Head men's soccer coach Mike Noonan registered his 200th career victory as the # 4 Bears defeated the University of Pennsylvania, 3-0, on Saturday night at Stevenson Field. Goals scored by junior Darren Howerton (Northboro, MA), senior Laurent Manuel (New York, NY) and senior Kevin Davies (Port Washington, NY) gave Brown its fourth Ivy League win increasing its overall record to 11-1-1.

The Bears dominated the game from the start, as they came out firing from all sides of the field. Brown out shot Penn, 12-5, in the first half, and finally got on the scoreboard at the 41-minute mark. Junior defender Stephen Sawyer (Coppell, TX) threw the ball into sophomore forward TJ Thompson (Atkinson, NH) who then passed it to Howerton. Howerton blasted one from the left side that went into the low left corner of the goal past Penn's Drew Healy to end the half in the Bears' favor, 1-0.

Brown's defense remained stellar in the second half, as rookie goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) kept his record unblemished, 8-0-1. Sawyer, senior Rhett Bernstein (San Diego, CA) and senior Matt Britner (Halifax, Nova Scotia) helped keep the Quaker offense silent, as the Bears went on to score two more goals.

Manuel notched his second goal of the season at the 61:07 mark after he received a quick pass from junior forward Dylan Sheehan (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) near the top of the box. Seventeen minutes later came a goal from Davies, as he belted one to the right side of the net off a pass from Thompson. Davies' goal was his eighth of the season, and put Brown ahead of Penn 3-0.

Grandstrand had four saves on the night, as Penn's Healy had six. Brown out shot Penn 20-8 for the game, and also had a 5-3 edge on corner kicks.

Up next, Brown will travel to Piscataway, NJ, to take on Rutgers at 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 31, and then to New Haven, CT, to challenge Ivy League opponent Yale, at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 3.