November 12, 2005

Bears Claim Share of Ivy Title In 2-2 Tie With Dartmouth But Lose Out On NCAA Automatic Berth

Nov. 12, 2005

Providence, RI - The deciding Ivy League men's soccer championship game between the Dartmouth Big Green and Brown Bears ended in a 2-2 tie on Saturday at Stevenson Field, giving both teams a share of the Ivy Title but Dartmouth the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament since the Bears lost to Yale, which could also earn a share of the title with a win later today. Brown grabbed leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but Dartmouth was able to even things up each time, including a goal with just 5:45 left to play in regulation. Juniors Ian Premo and Jamie Granger scored the goals for Brown, which ends its regular season with a 10-4-2 overall and 5-1-1 Ivy mark.

A cross by senior Keith Caldwell to Premo, who was stationed in the far corner of the box, gave the Bears a 1-0 lead in the 165th minute of the game. Premo blasted a one-timer into the top of the opposite corner of the net.

Less than eight minute later, the Big Green came up with the equalizer when Darnell Nance took advantage of a misplay by Brown keeper David Semenza, volleying a ball over his head and into the net.

The rest of the half proved to be one of the most exciting matches in recent history at Stevenson Field with play going back and forth. Each team ended the half with six shots with both keepers posting two saves.

Brown took a 2-1 lead just under ten minutes into the second half when junior Brian Joyce connected with Premo off a corner kick from the near side. Premo then sent in a ball from about 20 yards out into the box, which Granger flicked in.

The Bears took control of the match from then on, holding on to their 2-1 lead with under ten minutes left to play. Needing a score, Dartmouth picked up its intensity and with 5:45 left to play in regulation, the Big Green silenced the rowdy Stevenson crowd with the game-tying goal. Mark Limpert sent in a cross across the goal line that Craig Henderson was able to punch by the outstretched hands of Semenza.

The two overtimes were intense battles with both teams getting some good scoring chances, including a pair of Brown corner kicks in the final seconds.

The Bears have now won eight of the last 12 Ivy League Titles while Dartmouth has now won the last two.

Brown will wait to see if it gets an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament on Monday. The selection show is scheduled to air on ESPN News between 4-5 p.m. Eastern Time.