PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A tough battle between cross-town rivals resulted in a 1-0 loss for the Brown women's soccer team against Providence at Ray Treacy Track on Thursday night. The Bears suffer their first defeat of the season to drop to 2-1-0 while the Friars improve to 2-3-2 with the win.
Brown keeper Mallory Yant (Fenton, Mo.) turned in another strong performance for the Bears as she stopped four of five Providence shots on goal. Kristyn Shea tallied the victory for the Friars as she made six saves to keep Brown off the scoreboard for the first time this season.
Senior midfielder Kirsten Belinsky (Los Altos, Calif.) led Brown offensive attack with three shots on goal, including two strong bids in the opening 45 minutes. After uncorking eight shots in the opening half, the Friars finally struck for the lone tally of the game as Rachel Ugolik finished off a feed from the right side from Catherine Zimmerman in the 36th minute.
The Bears held a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks on the evening, including two in the second half but were unable to find the equalizer after embarking on second half rallies in the previous two contests. Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.), the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, nearly scored another pivotal goal for the Bears, but her attempt in the 80th minute rang off the post.
Additional bids from Waldman and Erin Katz (Montgomery, Ala.) in the final 10 minutes couldn't find the back of the net as Brown suffered just its sixth defeat to the Friars in 26 contests (20-6-0).
The Bears will return to action on Sunday as they fly south to the Sunshine State to battle Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton at 1 p.m.