Bears Stay In Hunt For Ivy Title With 1-0 Win Over Yale
Nov. 5, 2004
Providence, RI - A second half goal by Ivy Rookie of the Week Kevin Davies kept the Brown men's soccer team's hopes alive in its quest for the Ivy League Title on Friday night at Stevenson Field. The Bears, now 8-5-2 overall and 4-2 in league play, grabbed sole possession of second place in the Ivies with Harvard and Princeton playing its games tomorrow. Dartmouth, which Brown will play next Sunday, remains in first place with a 3-0-2 record. A win over the Big Green would guarantee the Bears at least a share of the Ivy League Title. Brown would win the title outright if Harvard and Princeton lose or tie one of its last two games.
The win was Brown's third consecutive league shutout as it allowed just one shot on goal. While the Bears were on the defensive in the first half, they came out strong in the second, firing off nine shots. In the 57th minute, Brown gained control of the ball at midfield, which quickly opened up a breakaway opportunity. Senior Marcos Romaneiro threaded a perfect lead pass to Davies, who booted a low shot to the opposite corner of the net past Yale's keeper. The goal was Davies second in as many games while the assist was Romaneiro's league-leading eighth of the season. He currently ranks 20th in the nation in that category.
Prior to the game, Brown honored its three seniors, who were playing in the final regular season home match of their careers. Romaneiro has played in 60 career games, tallying eight goals and 14 assists for 30 points. Goalkeeper Chris Gomez has been a stalwart in the net for the Bears the last three seasons. He has played every minute in goal this season as he recorded his 19th career shutout tonight. Gomez has a mere 1.01 career goals against average in 51 games. All-American defender Jeff Larentowicz has been a lock in the starting line-up since he was a freshman, appearing in 64 games in his career. A three-time All-Ivy honoree, he headlined a defense that posted eight shutouts last season.
Brown's match-up against Dartmouth with the Ivy Title on the line will begin at 1 p.m. in Hanover, NH next Sunday. Winners of last year's title, the Bears will be looking to capture their eighth in the last eleven years.