Women's Soccer Returns Home to Host Columbia on Saturday
Having been idle since last Sunday's 2-1 loss at Dartmouth, the Brown women's soccer team resumes Ivy League play on Saturday against Columbia. The Bears' loss to the Big Green in their 2012 Ivy opener snapped a four-game winning streak, during which Brown had earned four consecutive 1-0 victories – over Vermont, Northeastern, Sacred Heart and UMass. Junior Emily Wingrove (Westwood, MA) became the sixth member of the team to score a goal this season when she netted her first of the season against Dartmouth. Senior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) earned an assist on the goal.
All youth fans will be admitted to the Columbia game free of charge.
Brown fans not making the trip to Providence can follow the action on live video ($$), live audio (free), and live stats (free). Links are available on the women's soccer schedule on Brownbears.com or can be found below.
ABOUT BROWN: Sophomore Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA) continues to lead the Bears with 8 points, all goals, including one game-winner, while junior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) is second on the team with 7 points (3g, 1a), including three game-winning goals. Junior Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) and senior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) are tied for third on the team with 4 points (1g, 2a), while senior Diana Ohrt (Simi Valley, CA) and junior Emily Wingrove (Westwood, MA) both have one goal. Junior Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) has started all eight games in net and has earned a 0.50 GAA and a .895 save percentage, stopping 17 of 19 shots. Classmate MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) has played the second half of each contest and has posted a 0.75 GAA with a .903 save percentage, recording 28 saves on 31 shots. The duo has combined to shut out six of Brown's eight opponents. Also key in helping lead the Brown defense has been Ohrt, Wingrove, junior Alison Mullin (Lafayette, CO), and sophomore Annie Gillen (San Clemente, CA). Through eight games, Brown has played 26 members of the team, including seven freshmen, who have made their collegiate debuts.
LAST TIME VS. COLUMBIA: Last season in New York, the Lions stormed out to a 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals by Alexa Yow and the Bears could never recover, falling, 2-1. Yow scored in the 10th and 19th minutes to spark her team to a 2-0 lead, which the Lions held until the 72nd minute. Kirsten Belinsky '15 (Los Altos, CA) scored for Brown, connecting on a Marybeth Lesbirel '12 pass. The Bears narrowly outshot Columbia, 7-6, and held a 5-4 advantage in corner kicks. MC Barrett '14 (Ithaca, NY) recorded one save in the second half, while Lillian Klein had two saves for Columbia.
ABOUT COLUMBIA: The Lions (4-4, 1-0) enter Saturday's contest following a 3-2 loss to Army last Sunday. The loss to the Black Knights snapped a three-game winning streak, during which time Columbia earned three-straight shutouts over Fordham (2-0), Marist (1-0), and Cornell (1-0). The Lions are led by Beverly Leon, who has 3-2-8 totals, and Coleen Rizzo, who has 2-2-6 totals. Four other players have each scored one goal, while an additional four have posted at least one assist. Grace Redmon has played every minute in net and has earned a 1.17 GAA with a .820 save percentage, recording 41 saves on 50 shots.
UP NEXT: In the midst of a stretch of three straight League games, the Bears will travel to New Jersey next weekend to face Princeton in a 4:00 p.m. contest on Saturday, October 6th.