QUEENS, N.Y. – Freshman Mikela Waldman's (San Francisco, Calif.) first career goal in the 88th minute gave the Brown women's soccer team a dramatic 2-1 victory over St. John's at Belson Stadium on Friday. Brown improves to 1-0-0 on the season while the Red Storm suffer their second defeat of the year to drop to 3-2-0.
Senior goalkeeper Mallory Yant (Fenton, Mizz.) made six saves to notch her first career victory while St. John's Diana Poulin made one save to drop to 3-2-0.
Yant, in her first game action in nearly two years, was tested early by Morgan Tinari in the first 30 seconds as she laid out with a sprawling save to keep the game scoreless early. The Red Storm relied heavily last season on the nation's leading scorer Rachel Daly and she continued her success against the Bears with a long distance strike just inside post to put St. John's up 1-0 in the 11th minute.
The Bears attempted seven shots on goal in the opening half with Chloe Cross' (Seattle, Wash.) three shots leading the way as the senior captain nearly tied the game on several occasions. Two Brown freshman found themselves in the starting lineup on Friday, including Waldman, who's feed into the box was put home by Cross to knot the game in the 30th minute.
Cross appeared to have the go-ahead marker early in the second half, but her left-footed strike was barely tipped wide by Poulin to keep the game tied at one. She finished the night with five shots with two finding themselves on target. After tallying a hat trick against Brown last season, Daly was kept at bay by Yant and the Bears the rest of the night despite four total shots on goal.
With the game seemingly destined for extra time, a Brown free kick from nearly 40-yards out found the crossbar before Waldman cleaned up the rebound to put the Bears up for good.
The Bears will return to action on Sunday as they host the Delaware Blue Hens in their home-opener on Stevenson Field at 1 p.m.
NOTES: Brown now leads the all-time series between the schools 2-1-0 as the road side has claimed all three contests … Maclaine Lehan (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Katy Schmidt (Corvallis, Ore.), and Sarah Cobb (North Tustin, Calif.) also made their collegiate debuts on Friday … the Bears claimed their fourth consecutive season-opening win ... Brown was the first opponent to win in Belson Stadium since UConn on Sept. 16, 2012.