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An early Brown first half goal set the tone Friday night as the 22nd ranked Bears took down Cleveland State 2-0 in Providence, R.I. to start off the 2012 Brown Tournament.
Following two saves by Brad Stuver at just over seven minutes into the game, a scramble in front of the net eventually found the foot of Brown's Dylan Demic where his shot found the back of the net to give the Bears a 1-0 lead at just over 10 minutes into play.
Although the Vikings fell behind early, there more than a few positives that Head Coach Ali Kazemaini took away from the contest.
"They were very organized in the back and we gave up two set pieces," Kazemaini said. "Other than that I was very happy with the way we played."
One of the chances the Vikings were able to get was a close chance by Jordan Hart just a few minutes after the Brown goal that just missed and could have changed the rest of the game.
Kazemaini also added that the Vikings were able to do what they wanted offensively and with ball possession, they just weren't able to find the back of the net.
Despite playing well overall, and keeping the game close throughout, the team was never able to recover from that goal deficit and a goal in the 69th minute gave Brown a 2-0 lead that put it away for good.
Being able to play as well as the Vikings did against a ranked opponent, despite the loss, is a positive that the team will be able to take as they move forward not only Sunday against Siena, but for the rest of the season.
That game against Siena will be the Vikings' second of the Brown Tournament as they take on the Saints at noon in Providence.
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