PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Erin Katz scored a career-high three goals, including the game winner 3:50 into overtime, as Brown University women's soccer edged Sacred Heart University, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Stevenson Field.
The Bears (3-4-0) held a 2-0 lead before two late second-half goals from the Pioneers (3-6-0) forced overtime with Katz (Montgomery, Ala.) finishing off her hat trick in the extra session.
"Between Brown and Sacred Heart for the last five years it always ends this way," 39th-year head coach Phil Pincince said. "We come out with a win and get to experience overtime. I'm happy that we raised the intensity in overtime and that we showed composure. We just didn't panic."
Katz posted her first career multi-goal game for a career-best six points and needed just three shots to become Brown's leading goal-scorer for the season. Fellow senior Jillian DeSimone (Lincoln, R.I.) tallied a career-high two assists, providing the helpers on Katz's first and third goals.
On the game's first goal, DeSimone worked the ball over to senior Charlotte Beach (New Haven, Conn.) in the penalty area who chipped the ball over the SHU defense. Katz then ran past the Pioneers' back line and slotted a shot past the keeper in the 24th minute.
Leading 1-0 at halftime, Katz doubled Brown's advantage to 2-0 in the 52nd minute. Junior Sydney Calas (Bethesda, Md.) setup the hosts' second goal, sending a cross from the left wing into the goal area where a waiting Katz headed the ball to the back of the net.
The Bears generated multiple scoring chances prior to Sacred Heart cutting its deficit to 2-1 in the 80th minute as Lindsay Corallo knocked home a header inside the goal area off a set piece free kick from Emily Montgomery. SHU forced extra time as Dana Cosmedy finished off a loose ball in the box at 88:11 after the visitors gained a throw-in on the left side.
Katz gave the Bears the victory with her third goal at 93:50 – using her head again – this time off a cross from DeSimone on the right wing.
Freshman goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) made eight saves, tying her season high, in the win (3-3-0) while SHU's Talia Schwartz (3-6-0) turned aside 10 shots.
The Bears set season highs in shots (24), shots on goal (13), and corner kicks (eight), out-pacing the Pioneers 24-15, 13-10, and 8-6 in each category respectively.
Next, Brown hosts Dartmouth on Sunday at 1 p.m. in its Ivy League opener.
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.