PROVIDENCE, RI - Junior Joyce Chun (Irvine, CA) scored her first
career goal with just 3:42 remaining in the game to lift the Brown
women's soccer team (2-4-0) to a 1-0 victory over Army (4-4-1) on
Thursday evening at Stevenson Field, as the Bears earned their
second straight shutout.
With time ticking down on the clock and the chances of overtime becoming more likely, the Bears broke the scoreless tie on what would be the final shot of the game. Having just come back into the game at 85:41, sophomore Sarah Hebert-Seropian (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QUE) intercepted the ball on the left wing just over the Bears' side of the midfield. She dished the ball off to sophomore Marybeth Lesbirel (Holmdel, NJ), who crossed it over to Chun, racing down the right sideline. Chun drew her defender and unleashed a shot that beat Army's Alex Lostetter to her right for the game-winner.
The two teams battled evenly for most of the game, as both Brown and Army generated many scoring chances. Both Brown senior Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) and Lostetter were up to the task, stopping shot-after-shot to keep the game scoreless through 86 minutes of action.
Army's best chance of the game came with 16:35 left in the first half on one of the Black Knights four first-half corner kicks. After the initial attempt was cleared by the Brown defense, the ball came back out to Elizabeth Betterbed on the right side. With Hogue on the left post, Betterbed fired a rocket to the far corner, but junior Sylvia Stone (Bronx, NY) blocked the shot on the goal line to keep the game scoreless.
After the first 45 minutes, Brown led in both shots (10-7) and corners (5-4), but Army was more efficient, taking five shots on goal, to Brown's three. The second half was more decidedly Brown, as the Bears outshot Army, 14-9 (7-4 on goal), and earned four corner kicks to Army's one.
Both Hogue and Lostetter recorded nine saves, as Hogue earned her ninth career shutout. The Bears return to action on Sunday, September 27, when they host Dartmouth in their 2009 Ivy opener at 1:00.