PROVIDENCE, RI – Sophomore MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) recorded eight saves to help lead the Brown women's soccer team (10-4-2, 3-2-1) to a 0-0 draw with Penn (13-2-1, 4-1-1) on a rainy and snowy Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. As the game continued to press on and the weather changed from a steady rain to a snow, both teams were fighting fatigue, cold, and tired legs. For the Bears, it was their seventh shutout of the season, while they became just the second team to hold the Quakers off the board this year.
Both teams had chances early in the game with Brown nearly taking a 1-0 lead at the 15:29 mark on a hard-struck ball by senior Marybeth Lesbirel (Holmdel, NJ) from about six yards out. After a corner kick by freshman Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA), the ball bounced around in the box, before coming to Lesbirel, who one-timed her shot over a crowd of people. She appeared to have Penn goalie Sarah Banks beat, but Banks dove to her left and made the save to keep the Bears of the board.
Both teams took seven shots in the first half with Penn edging Brown, 3-2, in shots on goal. Playing with the wind at their backs for the entire second half, the Quakers outshot Brown, 11-1, during the final 45 minutes, but Barrett and the rest of the Bears' defense remained strong, as Barrett stopped all four shots she faced.
Senior Gloria Chun (Irvine, CA) made a game-saving play as regulation expired to help send the game into overtime. After collected a through ball on the right side, Kathryn Barth got around the Brown defense and pulled Barrett off her line for a one-on-one chance. Barrett slid to attempt to smother the ball, but Barth was able to get a shot off, lifting the ball up and over Barrett and towards the vacated net. Seemingly out of nowhere, Chun came in from the left side, across the goalline and directed the ball out of play just before it crossed the goalline, as the teams headed for overtime.
Penn maintained the wind advantage in the first overtime, but as fatigue and cold was settling in, the only shot of the frame was a long-range chance by senior captain Sarah Hebert-Seropian (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QUE) that Banks easily saved.
The Bears held a 2-1 advantage in shots during the final 10 minute period, including a laser from 35 yards out by senior Allison Kagawa (Mililani, HI) that Banks was able to save about mid way through. Just three minutes later, though not credited with a save, Barrett made a big play at the other end to help preserve the tie. It was Barth again who had the chance, as she and Kaitlyn Moore both got behind the Brown defense for a one-on-one with Barth and Barrett. Barrett came out and beat Barth to the ball, smothering what would prove to be the last chance of the game for either side.
For the game, Penn outshot Brown, 19-11, and earned nine corner kicks to Brown's three. With the eight saves, Barrett recorded her second career shutout and seventh for the Bears this season. With the result of today's game combined with Harvard's win over Dartmouth, the Crimson are assured at least a share of the 2011 Ivy Title, as Penn is the only team that can still catch the League leaders. However, due to Penn's loss to Harvard, even if the two teams tie, the Crimson have are assured the Ivy League's automatic berth for the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Prior to the game, Brown recognized its six seniors, Chun, Hebert-Seropian, Kagawa, Lesbirel, Joanna Price (San Juan Capistrano, CA), and Carly Ruiz (Costa Mesa, CA). Brown will close out its 2011 season next Saturday, November 5th when they travel to Yale for a 3:00 p.m. contest.
Pictured: Gloria Chun '12. Photo by DSPics.net.