PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Jillian DeSimone scored in the 13th minute, freshman goalkeeper Christine Etzel notched the first shutout of her career, and Brown University women's soccer beat Florida Atlantic University, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon on Stevenson Field.
The Bears (2-2-0) became just the second side this season to register a clean sheet against the Owls (6-2-0) alongside Texas A&M, the preseason No. 2 team in the Southeastern Conference.
"I think today we played hard and well for 90 minutes," 39th-year head coach Phil Pincince said. "The big key is that we had a strong start. Number one, we wanted to come out and dictate the tempo, and number two we wanted to keep the ball. I thought we did a better job the entire game of holding onto the ball."
DeSimone (Lincoln, R.I.) poster her first goal of 2015 at the 12:02 mark as she arced a shot from just outside the penalty area on the right side into the left side of the back of the net. Senior Erin Katz (Montgomery, Ala.) setup the goal as she headed on a punt from Etzel (Madison, Conn.). Katz and Etzel each registered her first assist of the season on the play.
Etzel made six saves in the win (2-1-0) while the Bears' back four of sophomore center backs Maclaine Lehan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Sarah Cobb (North Tustin, Calif.), freshman left back Megan Grant (Carlsbad, Calif.), and junior right back Sydney Calas (Bethesda, Md.) dealt soundly with the Owls' attacking chances throughout the afternoon.
The Bears reversed last year's result against the Owls as Brown fell at FAU, 1-0, a year ago in the first meeting between the two teams.
"The whole team is happy about the team performance," Pincince said. "We talked about that in training the last two days. When you walk on that field, you have to make a contribution. I didn't think we missed a beat with any of the subs. Everybody was ready to play, understood what they needed to do, and got it done."
In the second half, Etzel came up with three critical plays to keep the visitors off the board. In the 47th minute she came off her line and stymied an attacking run inside the penalty area, in the 61st minute she dove low and to her right to make a save, and in the 81st minute she parried away a shot off a free kick from 25 yards.
FAU goalie Sydney Drinkwater stopped five shots in the loss (6-2-0). Claire Emslie led the visitors with three shots on goal.
Next, Brown plays at Massachusetts on Thursday at 4 p.m. prior to hosting No. 20 Connecticut on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 1 p.m.
Tickets for all Brown women's soccer games can be purchased online, by calling the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or by walking up to the box office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.