PROVIDENCE, RI – Dartmouth's Emma Brush headed the ball past junior MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) in the 65th minute of play to help lead the Big Green (8-4-0) to a 1-0 win over the Brown women's soccer team (6-5-0) in a non-league contest Tuesday evening at Stevenson Field.
Brown controlled the first three minutes of the game, earning a pair of corner kicks and a shot on goal by junior Maddie Wiener (Portland, OR) during this time. However, after the first 10 minutes of play, it was all Dartmouth, as the Big Green built a 9-2 advantage in shots, including a 2-1 lead in shots on goal, during the opening half.
The Big Green continued to dictate the flow of the game early in the second half, outshooting Brown, 4-1, during the first 17 minutes. Dartmouth finally broke through at the 64:22 mark, snapping the 0-0 tie.
After a foul on Brown just over the 50-yard line, Aurelia Solomon sent a free kick into the center of the box. Lucielle Kozlov headed the ball over to Emma Brush at the right side of the box and Brush headed the ball into the left corner of the goal, past a diving Barrett.
Following the goal, the Big Green did not let up, continuing to pressure the Brown defense and Barrett for some insurance. During the final 15 minutes of play, Dartmouth peppered the Brown backfield with seven more attempts. Barrett needed to make four saves during this time and a shot by Kim Rose from just outside the box hit the crossbar in the 82nd minute, as the Bears remained within striking distance.
Brown's best chance at the equalizer came on a corner kick with just over four minutes left in regulation. Wiener served the ball into the box to freshman Charlotte Beach (New Haven, CT) at the far post. However, Beach's shot went over the goal and the Bears could get no closer in the waning minutes.
For the game, Dartmouth finished with 21 shots to Brown's four, including a 7-1 margin in shots on goal. Both teams earned four corner kicks.
Junior Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) stopped both shots she faced in the first half, before giving way to Barrett, who finished with four saves.
In the midst of a three-game homestand, the Bears return to action on Saturday afternoon when they host Harvard in a 4:00 p.m. Ivy contest.