Bears Battle #21 San Diego, but Fall, 1-0

TUCSON, AZ - The Brown women's soccer team (0-3-0) battled #21 San Diego (5-2-1) for 90 minutes, but came up short, as the Toreros scored what would prove to be the game-winner in the 61st minute, and held on for the 1-0 victory on Sunday afternoon.

The Bears controlled the play early, taking the first two shots of the game, including one each from junior Sylvia Stone (Bronx, NY) and freshman Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) in the opening seven minutes of play. However, over the next 28 minutes, San Diego would earn a 5-1 advantage in shots, two of which were saved by senior Steffi Yellin (Savannah, GA).

Brown took the final two shots of the first period, as junior Gina Walker's (Canyon County, CA) attempt was saved and senior Melissa Kim (Bethesda, MD) saw her chance sail high of the net.

The two teams traded scoring chances to open the second half, as sophomore Sarah Hebert-Seropian (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QUE) had a look at the goal for the Bears. After a shot in the 60th minute from sophomore Allison Kagawa (Mililani, HI) was blocked by the San Diego defense, the Toreros raced down the other way and Natalie Vinti slipped the ball past Yellin for the 1-0 lead at 60:21.

Both teams had chances in the final 20 minutes, but the Bears were unable to net the equalizer to force overtime, suffering their second one-goal loss in as many games.

For the game, San Diego outshot Brown, 12-9, and also had five corner kicks to Brown's one. Yellin finished with four saves.

The Bears return to action next weekend when they travel to Maryland to face the Terps on Friday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m.