November 17, 2007

Fourth-Ranked Bears Beat Columbia, 3-2, in Double Overtime

Nov. 17, 2007

New York, NY - The fourth-ranked Brown men's soccer squad (15-1-1, 7-0-0) finished off its 2007 Ivy League season with a perfect 7-0-0 record after defeating Columbia 3-2 in double overtime on Saturday evening. The Bears clinched the Ivy League title last weekend with its win over Dartmouth, and earned an automatic bid to the Division I NCAA Men's Soccer Tournament. The Bears await the NCAA selection show on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

Columbia got on the scoreboard first when Chris Wales put on in past Brown's Paul Grandstrand (Orono, MN) at the 23 minute mark. Although Brown out shot the Lions 6-3 in the first half, they weren't able to find the back of the net.

Junior goalkeeper Jarrett Leech (Manakin-Sabot, VA) came in and relieved Grandstrand in goal in the second half. Brown came out of the gates firing, out-shooting the Lions 10-3 while scoring three goals. Bruno's first goal came after a pass from sophomore Nick Elenz-Martin (Encinitas, CA) to freshman Jon Okafor (Verona, NJ). Okafor blasted one to the back of the net, converting on his third goal of the year. Just eight minutes later, sophomore TJ Thompson (Atkinson, NH) put one in unassisted to put the Bears ahead, 2-1.

Columbia's Tom Davison tallied a goal with just seven minutes left to tie the game at 2-2 and send the game into overtime. Although neither team scored during the first overtime, Okafor, came off the bench with just three minutes left in the game and scored the game-winner on a corner kick from Darren Howerton (Northboro, MA) just 22 seconds later.

Leech picked up two saves on the night and received the win improving his record to 5-1-0 in net.