October 15, 2011

Bears Fall to Harvard, 2-1

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Brown women's soccer team (8-4-1, 2-2-0) outshot Harvard (9-4-1, 3-0-1), 18-10, including a 14-4 margin in the second half, but the Crimson erased an early 1-0 deficit with two second-half goals to post a 2-1 win over the Bears on Saturday afternoon. Entering the game, Brown was just one point behind first place Harvard in the Ivy League standings, as the Crimson remain the only unbeaten team in the League with three League games remaining for all eight teams.

Coming off its highest offensive output of the season, Wednesday's 5-1 win over Francis Marion, Brown wasted little time in taking a 1-0 lead. Junior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA), who posted a career-high six points against the Patriots, served a cross into the box. Sophomore Kiersten Berg (Salt Lake City, UT), standing on the right side, got the ball and tipped it into the far post for her fourth goal of the year at 15:10.

Brown held the 1-0 lead through the end of the half, despite getting outshot, 6-4, as sophomore Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) stopped two Harvard shots and an attempt by Melanie Baskind hit the crossbar in the 24th minute.

Baskind eventually got the Crimson on the board, tying the score at 1-1 at 58:14, when she buried a lose ball into the back of the net after the Bears failed to clear it following a Harvard free kick.

Just five minutes later, Harvard tallied the game-winner, as Mai Le converted a cross from Meg Casscells-Hamby at 63:32, giving Harvard the lead for good on a shot from eight yards out.

In addition to holding the edge in shots, Brown also earned five corner kicks to Harvard's three. Freshman Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA) led Brown with six shots, four of them on goal, while Marshall tallied four shots.

Brown will look to rebound on Tuesday evening with it travels to Holy Cross for a non-league contest at 7:00 p.m.