PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown women's soccer team (7-8‐0, 1-5-0) hosts Yale (7-7-1, 1‐4-1) in a Nationally televised game Thursday evening at Stevenson Field. The game, which will air live on the Fox Soccer Channel, will mark the first game of a home-‐and-‐home series between the Bears and the Bulldogs this weekend, while it is the final career home contest for Brown's three seniors – Captain Eliza Marshall, Rachel Pack and Diana Ohrt.
Brown fans who are not able to make it to Providence for the game, can follow the action on the Fox Soccer Channel. The game will also be streamed on Brownbears.com via live video ($$), live audio (free) and live stats (free). Links to all three are available on the women's soccer schedule on Brownbears.com.
About Brown: The Bears' offensive efforts are led by junior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) and sophomore Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA), as the two combine for just under half of the team's points. Siegelman has registered nine points on the season on three goals, all game-‐winners, and three assists, while Cross accounts for eight points, scoring a team‐high four goals. Junior Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) has tallied two goals, both game-winners, and two assists, while senior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) adds a goal and three assists for five points. Seven additional Bears have added points, with Emily Wingrove (Westwood, MA), Diana Ohrt (Simi Valley, CA), and Erin Katz (Montgomery, AL) each scoring one goal, and Alison Mullin (Boulder, CO) and Sarah Moody (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) each posting a pair of assists. Defensively, the duo of Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) and MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) have combined to post a 1.06 GAA and a .824 save percentageto go along with seven shutouts, as all seven of Brown's wins have been shutouts.
Bledsoe has started all 15 games and has played four complete games, earning a 4-3-0 record and one shutout. She has a 0.63 GAA (22nd in the country and 3rd all-time at Brown) and a .872 save percentage (13th in the country). In 11 games, Barrett has recorded a 1.82 GAA and a .773 save percentage to go along with a 3-5-0 record. Over the past three years, Barrett and Bledsoe have combined for 20 shutouts: six in 2010, seven in 2011, and seven in 2012. Bledsoe currently has a 0.85 career goals against average, which ranks 2nd all-time at Brown. Barrett currently owns a 1.09 career goals against average, which ranks 4th all-time at Brown.
One highlight from this season included a 1-0 win over UMass on September 20th in which senior Diana Ohrt scored the game-winning goal to help lift head coach Phil Pincince to his 300th career coaching win.
Every player on Brown's roster has appeared in at least one game this year, while 17 players have started at least one game. Several freshmen have earned significant playing time, including Charlotte Beach (New Haven, CT), Erin Katz (Montgomery, AL) and Sarah Moody (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA).
Last time vs. Yale:In last year's season finale played in New Haven, Yale's Emma Mullo put away a Melissa Gavin pass in the 40th minute and then Yale held on to post a 1-0 victory over the Bears. In what was a tale of two halves, the Bulldogs outshot Brown in the first half, 12-5, forcing MC Barrett '14 (Ithaca, NY) to make four saves. However, the Bears had the advantage in the second half, outshooting Yale, 11-3, over the final 45 minutes. Bulldogs' goalie Elise Wilcox was up to the task, stopping eight shots, to finish the game with 10 saves for the shutout. Brown also held a 6-1 lead in corner kicks. Barrett finished with six saves, while Chloe Cross '15 (Seattle, WA) led the Bears with five shots.
About Yale: Senior Kristen Forster leads the Bulldogs attack with 15 points (6g, 3a), including four game-winning goals. She has nearly double the amount of points as the second-leading scorer, as sophomore Melissa Gavin follows with 8 points (2g, 4a). Sophomore Muriel Battaglia and senior Anne Song are tied for third on the team with 7 points each, while freshman Paula Hagopian rounds out the top five scorers with 1-4-6 totals. Freshman Rachel Ames has played the majority of time in net for Yale and has earned a 1.17 GAA and a .807 save percentage in 12 games (8 starts) and 845:45. Sophomore Elise Wilcox has a 0.99 GAA and .789 save percentage in seven games, while senior Adel Jackson-‐Gibson has a 1.35 GAA and .800 save percentage in three games.
The Bulldogs enter Thursday's game following a pair of double‐overtime games last week. The Bulldogs defeated in-state rival Fairfield, 1‐0, on Monday, October 22nd, before earning a 1‐1 tie with Columbia on Saturday, October 27th. Yale is 2‐1‐1 in its last four games after splitting Ivy League contests against Cornell (W, 1-0) and Penn (L, 2‐0).
Up Next: Brown closes out its 2012 campaign on Sunday afternoon with a non-league contest against the Bulldogs in New Haven. The Bears have played two other non-league games against Ancient Eight opponents, falling to Dartmouth, 2-1, and Harvard, 1‐0, in overtime.