Bryant Stuns Franklin Pierce, 1-0

Ravens fail to score despite 15-9 shots advantage

SMITHFIELD, R.I. (September 29, 2001) - Freshman goalkeeper James Purpura recorded nine saves to post his first career shutout and lead Bryant College to a 1-0 win over Franklin Pierce in Northeast-10 Conference men's soccer action at Bulldog Stadium this afternoon.

Sophomore Clint Stonacek's goal just 7:58 into the match held up over the final 82-minutes. His blast from 15-yards out deflected off Raven goalkeeper Dominico Roma (Windsor, Ontario/Ste. Annes) and an Franklin Pierce defender into the back of the net.

The Ravens threatened just more than a minute later, but Purpura smothered a Bjorgolfer Takefusa (Reykjavik, Iceland/Vt.-Business) shot. The Bulldog keeper made a similar effort on Franklin Pierce's Ernest Olius (Hillside, N.J./Essex CC) with 10:30 left in the first half.

Franklin Pierce outshot Bryant by a 15-9 margin, but could not find the back of the net. Roma finished with a season-high six saves in goal for the Ravens.

Franklin Pierce (5-3, 2-3 NE-10) returns to action on Wednesday, when they host UMass Lowell in a crucial Conference match at 3:30 p.m. Bryant (3-5, 2-3 NE-10) travels to the College of Saint Rose on Wednesday.

Franklin Pierce (5-3, 2-3 NE-10) 0 0 - 0
Bryant (3-5, 2-3 NE-10) 1 0 - 0

Scoring Summary:
BC: Clint Stonacek (unassisted), 7:58.

FP: Dominico Roma (90:00), six saves;
BC: James Purpura (90:00), nine saves.

FP: 15, BC: 9