NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior back Alison Mullin tallied her first two goals of the season as the Brown women's soccer team scored a key Ivy League victory over Yale on Friday night. The Bears improve to 9-6-1, 4-2-1 Ivy in the win while the Bulldogs drop to 7-7-1, 2-4-1 in the loss.
The senior goalkeeping duo of Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, Ohio) and MC Barrett (Ithaca, N.Y.) stopped seven of eight shots on goal combined in the winning effort. Rachel Ames and Elise Wilcox each split time in goal for Yale, both making two saves in 45 minutes of play.
The Bears struck early on Friday night as Annie Gillen's (San Clemente, Calif.) corner kick lead to a scramble in front of the goal before Kiersten Berg (Salt Lake City, Utah) cleaned up the loose ball for her third tally of the season in the 3rd minute.
Seeking the all-important insurance goal, senior Alison Mullin (Boulder, Colo.) obliged with a strike in the 45th minute on assists from Chloe Cross (Seattle, Wash.) and Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, Calif.). The goal was Mullin's first since Sept. 18, 2011 versus Sacred Heart.
Mullin, the recent CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District First Team selection, potted her second goal of the game just four minutes later as she deflected a Chloe Cross feed into the back of the net in the 49th minute.
Yale answered right back, getting on the board in the 51st minute as leading scorer Melissa Gavin scored off a free kick from 30 yards out to cut the Bears lead to 3-1.
Barrett wouldn't allow the Bulldogs to inch any closer as she stopped six of the seven shots on goal in the second half. The final 40 minutes went scoreless as Brown secured an important league victory on Friday night at Reese Stadium.
The teams combined to uncork 22 shots in the final 45 minutes, registering 11 of them on goal.
Brown and Yale battle in the second installment of their home-and-home series on Sunday at Stevenson Field. Eight of Brown's seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony, kickoff slated for 1 p.m.