PROVIDENCE, RI – Senior Diana Ohrt (Simi Valley, CA) scored on a free kick and junior goalies Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) and MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) combined to stop 11 shots in helping to lead Brown (6-1-0) to a 1-0 shutout over UMass (4-5-0) on Thursday afternoon at Stevenson Field. The win was Brown's fourth 1-0 shutout in a row and sixth shutout of the season and gave head coach Phil Pincince the 300th win of his career.
One of the winningest coaches in Division I women's soccer history, Pincince became the 13th active Division I coach to reach the milestone.
"It's special," Pincince said about achieving his career 300th win. "But, I haven't played one game for those 300, so I say congrats to all those players from my first year at Brown in 1977 who contributed to those wins, and the players now to the players that were in the stands today. It's all about them and what they have done for this Brown's women's soccer program."
The two teams battled through 51 minutes of scoreless action until Ohrt's free kick broke the 0-0 deadlock. Following a UMass foul roughly 30 yards from the goal, Ohrt's service made contact with a player just outside the box. The ball took a deflection and had enough momentum on it to get past a diving Emily Cota to give Brown a 1-0 lead.
That goal would stand as the game-winner, as Barrett recorded six second-half saves to preserve the victory.
The Minutewomen held a 13-10 advantage in shots during the opening 45 minutes, including a 5-3 margin in shots on goal. Both teams had several quality chances to score the first goal, but both Bledsoe and Cota were up to the task to keep the game scoreless heading into the break.
Brown nearly took a 1-0 lead less than 20 minutes into the game, but Cota came charging out of the cage to stop an attempt from inside the box by junior Alison Mullin (Boulder, CO). Less than five minutes later, Mullin helped to save an opportunity for the Minutewomen, heading the ball off the goal-line following a UMass corner taken by Jackie Bruno.
Just two minutes after the near miss on the corner kick, Moa Mattsson found Bruno wide open in the middle of the box. With only Bledsoe to beat, Bruno settled the ball, turned, and fired, missing high.
Then, with 18 minutes left in the half, sophomore leading scorer Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA) took a feed from senior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) in the center of the box for a one-on-one. However, Cota was there to make the save.
UMass then looked to net the first goal of the afternoon when Brittany Moore got behind the Brown defense for a chance at a one-on-one. However, sophomore Annie Gillen (San Clemente, CA) recovered to get back and knock the ball away from Moore before she could take a shot.
Gillen would come up big late in the second half, saving the ball on the goal line with just 13 minutes left in regulation. After Barrett made a save on a close-range shot from Moore, the ball popped up, over and behind Barrett, heading towards the vacated goal. Gillen came over from the other side of the box and was able to clear the ball away before it could cross the line, helping to preserve the win and shutout.
For the game, UMass edged Brown in shots, 22-20, and had an 11-8 advantage in shots on goal. The Bears earned five corner kicks to UMass' three, while fouls were 12-11, UMass.
After playing seven straight non-league contests, the Bears will open Ivy League competition on Sunday when they face Dartmouth in a 1:00 p.m. contest in Hanover, NH.