[CALIFORNIA-BROWN MEN] California matched its best run ever in the NCAA Men's Tournament when it beat Brown, 2-0, Sunday afternoon to move in to the quarterfinals.
Sophomore John Fitzpatrick headed in the first goal and sixth-seeded Cal collected an own goal as the Golden Bears improved their record to 14-2-3 and set up a date at Akron Saturday.
“It was a great game today,” Cal coach Kevin Grimes said. “Brown and Cal both played with everything that they had, and I think both teams should be commended for a great performance.”
Fitzpatrick scored in the 30th minute on a header off a corner kick by senior forward Davis Paul, who added to his single-season school record of 14 assists this season.
“It was a great ball by Davis Paul, and [I was] just in the right place at the right time,” Fitzpatrick said. “It just happened to come to me, and I put it in.”
Paul was again involved in the second goal eight minutes into the second half, crossing a ball into the penalty area that deflected off Brown defender Eric Robertson and past goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand into the goal.
Nov. 28 in Berkeley, Calif.
California 2 Brown 0. Goals: Fitzpatrick 6 (Davis) 30, own goal 53.
California -- Bingham, Soares, Paul, Jones, Jimenez, Carrasco, Omphroy, Fitzpatrick, Birnbaum, Salciccia, Ortega. Subs: Avalos, Munoz, VanBuskirk, Sundly
Brown -- Grandstrand, McDuff, Remick, McNamara, Mandel, Rosa, Walls, Medairos, Gorman, Robertson, Okafor. Subs: Belair, Gavey, Hayward, Manella, Popolizio.
Referee: Alex Gorin.