MEN'S SOCCER: Eagles Continue Slide With Road Loss To Brown
Published: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 31, 2013 03:10
On Tuesday night, the BC men’s soccer team suffered another frustrating loss, this time falling to Brown in Providence. Entering the match with a balanced record of 6-6-2, the Eagles were hoping to come back after a close home loss to Clemson and give themselves a boost heading into the last two games of their ACC schedule. With 10 fouls recorded by the two teams, the game had a physical tone from the get-go.
Within the first 10 minutes of the game, BC appeared to control the tempo, recording three shots in the first seven minutes, but Brown drew blood first in the 14th minute. From 15 yards out, Jose Salama drilled a pass from Daniel Taylor just past the reach of BC goalie Alex Kapp to give Brown the lead, giving Salama his third tally of the season.
The Eagles struggled to answer back, failing to take advantage of the constant fouls called on Brown while looking to overcome fouls of their own. In the 39th minute, Tyler Long gave Brown a 2-0 lead with his first goal of the season. Despite controlling the tempo for the remainder of the half, BC failed to score on multiple shot attempts by Isaac Normesinu. Each shot sailed wide, keeping Brown goalie, Josh Weiner, out of danger.
Throughout the game, the Eagles kept up with the Bears offensively, outshooting them 12-11. BC put six of those shots on net, with Weiner saving five of them.
As the teams moved into the second half, Brown’s defense continued to hold tight. With two saves in the second half alone, Weiner proved unbeatable until the game’s waning minutes. In the 90th minute, junior Giuliano Frano managed to spoil Brown’s shutout, sneaking his third goal of the season past Weiner to make the score 1-2. Zeiko Lewis assisted the goal and paced the Eagles offensively with four shots, two on goal, in the game in addition to his assist.
Brown committed seven of the 10 fouls of the game, but BC failed to capitalize on those opportunities, scoring only one goal, and the score remained 2-1 as the referee blew the final whistle to end stoppage time.
Earlier in the week, after a loss on the road to Clemson, head coach Ed Kelly had stressed the importance of his team winning in order to improve the team’s chances of entering the NCAA tournament and build momentum heading into ACC post season play.
“We need to win all three games,” he said of his team.
Needless to say, that goal won’t be realized with the loss to Brown coming in the first of those final three games.
The road doesn’t get much easier for the men’s soccer team after returning home from Providence. With BC’s hopes of running the table through the final three games dashed, next week’s contests, a home game against Virginia Tech and a visit to Charlottesville to take on Virginia to close the season, will hold even more importance for the Eagles.