October 1, 2011

Bears’ Come-Back Falls Short in 2-1 Loss to Columbia

NEW YORK, NY – Freshman Kirsten Belinsky (Los Altos, CA) put away a cross from senior Marybeth Lesbirel (Holmdel, NJ) in the 72nd minute of play, but it wasn't enough as the Brown women's soccer team (6-3-1, 1-1-0) could not complete the comeback against Columbia (4-5-0, 2-0-0), falling to the Lions, 2-1, on Saturday evening.

Columbia's Alexa Yow scored twice in a span of nine minutes during the first 20 minutes of play to open up a 2-0 Lions' lead, and the Bears could never fully recover, despite controlling the play for large portions of the second half.

Following Belinsky's goal at 71:31, Brown pressed for the equalizer during the final 18 minutes, and had several strong chances.

Just four minutes after Belinsky's goal, the first of her career, senior Sarah Hebert-Seropian (Vaudreuil-Dorion, Quebec) had a chance to tie it when her free kick after a Columbia foul just missed, high.

With less than 10 minutes remaining, the Bears thought they had tied the score, getting a shot past Lillian Klein. However, they were whistled offsides on the play, as the score remained 2-1 in favor of the Lions.

Brown had a last second chance to tie the game, earning a corner kick with 29 seconds remaining, but the ball was punched away by Klein in the final seconds and Columbia was able to hold on for the win.

For the game, Brown held a slim, 7-6, advantage in shots, led by Belinsky's pair, and earned five corner kicks to Columbia's four.

Sophomore Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) allowed both goals, while classmate MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) recorded one save in the second half. Columbia's Lillian Klein made two saves for the Lions.

Brown returns to action next Saturday, October 8, when it hosts Princeton in a 4:00 p.m. Ivy League contest.

Pictured: Kirsten Belinsky '15. Photo by DSPics.net.