AMHERST, Mass. – Freshman goalkeeper Christine Etzel made a season-high eight saves, but Brown University women's soccer dropped a 1-0 decision at the University of Massachusetts on Thursday afternoon at Rudd Field.
The Bears (2-3-0) pressured the Minutewomen (2-3-2) throughout the second half, recording 11 of their 14 shots in the period, but could not break through the defense of the hosts.
Etzel (Madison, Conn.) turned aside three shots in the first half and five in the second, but a 13th-minute goal from Erin Doster proved the difference. UMass goalkeeper Cassidy Babin tallied four saves in her third shutout of the season.
Opening the second half, senior Jillian DeSimone (Lincoln, R.I.) placed a shot on goal for the Bears before a save from Etzel. Approaching the hour mark, the Bears notched three shots with an attempt from sophomore Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) testing Babin.
The Bears continued to create opportunities as junior Carly Gould (Hampton Falls, N.H.) put a shot on frame, and a shot from DeSimone required a block in the 67th minute. After a pair of Etzel saves, a shot from DeSimone forced a save, and a bid from senior Charlotte Beach (New Haven, Conn.) went wide.
Etzel made consecutive saves in the 81st and 82nd minutes prior to Gould sending a shot and then a header off the mark. The Bears mounted two more chances as an attempt from freshman Amanda Lane (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) missed the target in the 87th minute and a header from classmate Megan Grant (Carlsbad, Calif.) hit the post with under a minute remaining.
In the first half, Waldman and Beach each generated chances inside of the first 10 minutes before Doster's marker. Etzel made three saves later in the stanza, and a shot from Beach carried high just before the half's buzzer.
Massachusetts topped Brown for the first time in the last four meetings between the two sides and became the first team this year to not allow the Bears to score a goal. For the match, UMass held advantages in shots (18-14), shots on goal (9-4), and corner kicks (5-4).
Next, Brown hosts No. 24 Connecticut on Sunday at 1 p.m., as the Huskies will make their first visit to Stevenson Field since 1996.
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.