Coming off three consecutive 1-0 victories, the Brown women's soccer team will host UMass on Thursday afternoon in its final tune-up before opening Ivy League play on Sunday at Dartmouth. Last week, the Bears won an away game at Northeastern, 1-0, and then posted a 1-0 win over Sacred Heart on Sunday. Junior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) had three points over the two games, scoring the game-winner, on a penalty kick, against the Huskies, and assisting the deciding goal against the Pioneers, scored by sophomore Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA). For Cross, it was her team-leading fourth goal of the season. Junior goalies MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) and Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) continue to lead the Bears in net, stopping all seven shots they faced over the two games.
Fans in attendance for Thursday's game against the Minutewomen will have a chance to win two (2) tickets to Saturday's Football game against Harvard. Simply submit a business card to be entered into a raffle to win the pair of tickets.
Brown fans not making the trip to Providence can follow the action on live video ($8) and audio (free) or live stats (free). Links are available on the women's soccer schedule on Brownbears.com or can be found below.
Brown vs. UMass
Series Record: UMass, 11-4-1 (First meeting 1978)
Last Brown Win: 3-2 (2010)
Last UMass Win: 1-0, ot (2011)
Last Tie: 3-3 (1978)
ABOUT BROWN: The Bears are currently led by sophomore Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA), who has 8 points (4g) and one game-winning goal. Junior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) is second on the team with 7 points (3g, 1a), including three game-winning goals, while junior Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) is third on the team with 4 points (1g, 2a), including one game-winning goal. Senior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) has also scored for the Bears this season, while junior Alison Mullin (Boulder, CO) has two assists to share the lead with Pitney. Junior Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) has started all six games in net and has earned a 0.33 GAA and a .909 save percentage, stopping 10 of 11 shots. Classmate MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) has played the second half of each contest and has posted a 0.67 GAA with a .913 save percentage, recording 21 saves on 23 shots. The duo has combined to shut out five of Brown's six opponents. Through six games, Brown has played 26 members of the team, including seven freshmen, who have made their collegiate debuts.
LAST TIME VS. UMASS: The Minutewomen broke a 0-0 tie just 3:34 into overtime to come away with a 1-0 victory over the Bears, who lost their second game in a row to fall to 4-2-1, while UMass improved to 5-2-1 with the win. Amber Bledsoe '14 (Cincinnati, OH) and MC Barrett '14 (Ithaca, NY) combined for six saves. Deanna Colarossi scored the game-winner, scoring on a header in traffic following a UMass corner taken by Tori Sousa. Emily Cota recorded four saves for the Minutewomen.
ABOUT UMASS: UMass (4-4-0) has won its last two games, defeating Boston University, 1-0, and New Hampshire, 2-0. The win over BU snapped a three-game skid for the Minutewomen, which included losses to Harvard (2-0), #17 Wake Forest (1-0), and #11 Virginia Tech (2-0). Moa Mattsson has 9 points (4g, 1a), including two game-winning goals, to lead UMass, while Hlin Gunnlaugsdottir adds 3 points (1g, 1a) and is second on the team in scoring. Three other players have each scored one goal on the season, including Jackie Bruno and Kristen Gargiulo, who each have one game-winning goal. Stephanie Gordon has played six games in net and has posted a 1.50 GAA and a .868 save percentage with a 2-4-0 record. Emily Cota has played the two most recent games for UMass and has not allowed a goal, stopping all 14 shots she has faced for a 2-0-0 record.
UP NEXT: Brown travels to Hanover, NH for its 2012 Ivy League opener, slated for 1:00 at Dartmouth. The game kicks off a stretch of 10 straight games against teams from the Ancient Eight, as Brown will face Harvard, Dartmouth and Yale in a non-league game in addition to the seven League contests. The Bears return to Stevenson Field on Saturday, September 29th for a 4:00 p.m. contest against Columbia.