Sheehan's 10th of the Year Lifts Bears to 1-0 Win over Dartmouth and to 19th Ivy TitleJunior Dylan Sheehan (Wolfville, NS) headed in a flip throw from junior Darren Howerton (Northboro, MA) in the 83rd minute to break a 0-0 tie and lift the #2 Brown men's soccer team (14-1-1, 6-0-0) to a 1-0 victory over #22 Dartmouth (10-4-2, 4-1-1), giving the Bears the 2007 outright Ivy League Title and the League's automatic bid to the NCAA College Cup. The Ivy Championship is Brown's 19th overall and seventh in the past 11 years.
The Bears came out of the gates ready to play controlling much of the first half as they out shot the Big Green 11-3. Brown had some great opportunities, but couldn't find the back of the net. Senior Kevin Davies (Port Washington, NY) broke away from the Dartmouth defense 14 minutes in, but nailed one right at Dartmouth's goalkeeper Sean Milligan. Freshman Jon Okafor (Verono, NJ), junior Rhett Bernstein (San Diego, CA), sophomore Christopher Roland (Rochester, NY) and freshman David Walls (West Yorkshire, England) all took some great shots around the 30 minute mark, but failed to score.
Brown's back unit of senior Matt Britner (Halifax, NS), Bernstein and junior Stephen Sawyer (Coppell, TX) did an outstanding job keeping Dartmouth away from the goal, as rookie goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) posted three big saves for the night. Grandstrand kept his record flawless, and is now 10-0-1 heading into post-season play.
Sheehan's golden goal with just eight minutes remaining in the game was his 10th of the year, giving him 26 points on the season. Sheehan flicked Howerton's flip throw with the back of his head to the opposite side of Dartmouth's goalkeeper to win the game for Bruno. Howerton collected his eighth assist on his flip throw tonight, giving him 12 points.
The last time Brown had an undefeated Ivy League season was in 2000, and went to the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Bears are back in action to finish the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 17 when they travel to New York to take on the Columbia Lions at 7:00 p.m.