Providence Scores Three Straight to Defeat the Bears, 3-2

PROVIDENCE, RI – Sophomore Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA) scored twice in the game's opening 14 minutes to give Brown (2-1-0) a 2-0 lead, but Providence (4-2-1) would score three straight goals to come back for a 3-2 victory over the Bears Thursday afternoon at PC.

With the score tied at 2-2, Catherine Zimmerman scored what would prove to be the deciding goal when she converted a penalty kick in the 68th minute, beating junior MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) with a high shot to the left side.  

The two teams played a relatively even first half with the Friars holding a 9-7 advantage in shots and a 5-2 lead in corner kicks. Cross struck on the first shot of the game for either team just 3:24 into the first half. Junior Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) served a corner kick into the box and Cross headed the ball into the right corner from the far post to give Brown the early lead.

Less than 10 minutes later, at 13:14, Cross beat Providence goalie Megan Sweeney to the left side when she volleyed a perfect cross from senior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) from the top of the box. Junior Alison Mullin (Boulder, CO) started the play when she found Marshall on the right wing with a long throw-in.

The two goal lead was short-lived, however, as Providence got on the board just 2:02 later. Zimmerman dribbled up the center of the field and after receiving pressure from a Brown defender, quickly crossed the ball to Mary Vercollone on her left. Vercollone came charging in and fired the ball to the right corner, past a diving Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH).

The Bears had a great opportunity to regain the two goal lead late in the first half, but junior Kiersten Berg's (Salt Lake City, UT) breakaway bid from the top of the box was denied by Sweeney, as Brown went into the break leading, 2-1.

Providence needed just 2:40 after halftime to tie the game. On one of the Friars eight second-half corner kicks, the Bears were unable to clear the box and the ball went right to Vercollone, who beat Barrett to the left with a blast from 18 yards out.

Brown could not get much of anything going in the second half, as Providence controlled the pace of play for the majority of the 45 minutes, rarely allowing the Bears the chance to get set up on offense. PC held a 10-1 advantage in shots and an 8-3 lead in corners to finish the game outshooting Brown, 19-8, and earning 13 corners to Brown's five.

For the game, Bledsoe finished with three saves in the opening 45 minutes, while Barrett stopped five shots in the second half. Sweeney recorded one save for Providence.

In the midst of a three-game road swing, Brown continues action on Saturday, September 8, when it travels to Vermont to face the Catamounts in a 1:00 p.m. contest.  

Pictured: Chloe Cross '15. Photo by DSPics.net.