Pitney and Bledsoe Help Lead Bears Past Cornell, 1-0
PROVIDENCE, RI – Junior Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) provided all the offense the Bears would need and classmate Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) made three saves to earn her first career shutout, as the Brown women's soccer team (7-6-0, 1-4-0) posted a 1-0 win over Cornell (1-12-1, 0-4-1) on Sunday afternoon at Stevenson Field.
The win snaps a five-game skid for the Bears and marks the first career shutout for Bledsoe, who has been a part of 17 other shutouts throughout her nearly three years on College Hill.
Pitney's game-winner came just 9:38 into the game and was the end result of a beautiful passing sequence at the top of the box. Senior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) started the play on the left side when she crossed to junior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) at the top of the 18. Siegelman one-touched the ball over to Pitney on her right and Pitney sent a high shot to the upper left corner that sailed over the outstretched arms of Cornell goalie Tori Christ.
Cornell looked to tie the score in the 26th minute when leading scorer Maneesha Chitanvis sent a dangerous shot on goal following a Big Red corner kick. However, with traffic in front, Bledsoe jumped up in the air to catch the ball and maintain the lead for the Bears.
The Big Red had another dangerous chance with just nine minutes left before halftime when a Brown foul just outside the box setup a free-kick for Cornell. Instead of shooting directly for the goal on the restart, the Big Red opted for the pass, and the Bears' defense was able to clear the ball before a shot could be taken.
With Brown still leading, 1-0, late in the game, sophomore Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA) looked to provide some insurance. She stepped up to take a free kick from the left side and had Christ beat with a high shot to the upper right corner. However, the ball ricocheted off the post and back into traffic, where senior Rachael Pack (Park City, UT) attempted a follow-up, only to be beaten to the ball by Cornell defender Jayann Gabrio, who cleared the ball off the goal line with 10 minutes remaining.
Less than 30 seconds later, Cross had another free kick from almost an identical location, and this time her shot hit the cross-bar, keeping it a one-goal game.
Cornell's Alysse Godino had a shot blocked by the Brown defense with three minutes left and the Bears were able to hold on for the 1-0 win, their seventh shutout of the season.
Brown continues action on Wednesday night, October 24th, when it travels to Cambridge, MA to face Harvard in a 7:00 p.m. non-league contest.