PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Mikela Waldman scored in the 4th minute, freshman Amanda Lane netted the game winner in the 63rd minute, and Brown University women's soccer beat St. John's University, 2-1, in its season opener at Stevenson Field on Friday night.
Brown University women's soccer opened its 2015 season with a 2-1 win over St. John's at Stevenson Field as sophomore Maclaine Lehan and freshman Amanda Lane provided the goals for the Bears.
The Bears (1-0-0) registered the first goals against the Red Storm (4-1-0) this season as the visitors had logged shutouts in each of their first four contests. Brown has now won each of its last five season openers and improved to 3-1-0 all-time against St. John's. The two sides have met in each of the last four years, and the Bears became the first home team to win in the series.
Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) posted Brown's first goal of 2015 after scoring three goals a season ago, including the game-winner at St. John's. Lane (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) notched her first career tally off assists from fellow freshman Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and Waldman.
Freshman goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) made five saves in the win (1-0-0) in her first collegiate start while Red Storm net-minder Diana Poulin (3-1-0) stopped two shots in the loss.
The Bears struck early as Waldman took advantage of a St. John's miscue. After Poulin misplayed a pass, Waldman ran onto the ball and lofted a shot into the back of the net.
The two teams played a scoreless game for close to an hour after the match's first goal before combining for two goals 20 seconds apart.
In the 63rd minute, Brown staked itself to a 2-0 lead as Story played a through ball to the left side where a streaking Lane came onto the ball after a redirection from Waldman and slotted a shot past the keeper.
Just 20 seconds later, the Red Storm pulled to within 2-1 as Christina Bellero found the ball in the penalty area off a pass from Rachel Daly and slipped a shot past Etzel.
For the match, St. John's held advantages in shots (17-7), shots on goal (6-4), and corner kicks (5-1).
Now in his 39th season at Brown, head coach Phil Pincince coached in his final season and home opener with the Bears. The longtime leader of the Brown women's soccer program announced on Wednesday that he would retire from coaching at the conclusion of the 2015 season. The Bears improved to 26-12-1 all-time in season openers under Pincince.
Next, Brown plays at the University of Delaware on Sunday at 1 p.m.