Second Half Spree Propels Women’s Soccer Past Rhode Island, 3-0

PROVIDENCE, RI – With the score tied 0-0 at the start of the second half, freshman Maddie Wiener (Portland, OR), the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, had a hand in a pair of goals just 41 seconds apart in first four minutes after halftime to help propel the Brown women's soccer team (6-4-3) to a 3-0 win over in-state rival URI (1-11-1) on Wednesday afternoon at Stevenson Field.

The Bears came out of the break with energy and immediately put the pressure on Rhode Island, nearly taking a 1-0 lead just 2:13 into the half. Wiener sent a nice cross through the box that found senior Gina Walker (Canyon Country, CA) on the far side. With Rhody's starting goalie Brooke Messier still on the left side, Walker had a wide-open look at the goal. However, the ball hit her body and slowed down considerably, allowing Messier the time to get back into position and stop the shot.

However, 48 seconds later, the Bears went up, 1-0, when Wiener took a free kick from the left sideline about 20 yards out and curled her shot towards the goal, hitting the far side of the net for her third goal in as many games.

Wiener's goal would prove to be the game-winner, but just 41 seconds later, at 48:42, Walker converted a cross by Wiener, hitting the left corner for her fourth goal of the year. Junior Gloria Chun (Irvine, CA) also assisted the goal, making the pass up the left side to Wiener in the corner for her first point of the season.

Things settled down from there, but Brown outshot its visitors, 9-1, in the half and 14-3 for the game. Roughly 20 minutes after the goal by Walker, freshman Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) increased the Bears' lead to 3-0. Set up for a free kick at the top right corner of the box, Siegelman lofted a shot that had just enough height to clear wall of URI defenders, before dropping and sailing into the lower left corner for her fourth of the season.

Siegelman nearly scored again on another free kick from almost the same spot in the 81st minute of play, but her rocket went just over the crossbar.

URI's best chance of the game came in the opening seven minutes when Maggie MacDonald appeared to have the Brown defense beat and banked a shot from the left side off the far post and in. However, the goal was waved off after the assistant referee ruled MacDonald to have been offsides.

Freshman Amber Bledsoe (Withamsville, OH) faced just one shot in the first half, while classmate MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) did not need to make a single save in the second half to preserve the shutout, Brown's fifth of the season. Messier stopped five Brown shots, before giving way to Sasha Reiber, who did not face a shot in the final 15:47.  

With the win, Brown closes out the non-league portion of its schedule with a 6-2-2 record. The Bears are back in action on Saturday, October 16, when they host Harvard in a 2:00 p.m. Ivy League contest.

Pictured: Maddie Wiener '14. Photo by DSPics.net.