Women’s Soccer Edges Yale in Finale for Class of 2016, Coach Pincince, 2-1

Women’s Soccer Edges Yale in Finale for Class of 2016, Coach Pincince, 2-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Carly Gould scored in the 13th minute and senior Erin Katz netted a goal in the 18th minute as Brown University women's soccer beat Yale, 2-1, at Reese Stadium on Saturday evening in the final game for the Bears' Class of 2016 and 39-year head coach Phil Pincince.

Pincince – who coached in his final game as the leader of the Bears after taking over the program in 1977 – finishes his career with 633 games coached and a record of 324-254-55.

With their win over the Bulldogs (4-10-2, 1-6-0 Ivy), the Bears (7-7-2, 3-3-1 Ivy) earned victories in four of their final five contests to conclude the season, including a three-game Ivy winning streak to close the year.

Gould (Hampton Falls, N.H.) recorded her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the match and posted six goals in the final five games of 2015. Katz (Montgomery, Ala.) posted her fourth goal of the year while she and senior Michelle Jolson (Wyoming, Ohio) each tallied an assist on the day.

Brown freshman goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) made three saves and allowed just a penalty-kick goal in the win to finish the year with a 7-6-2 record. Yale's Rachel Ames stopped one shot in the setback.

The Bears scored on both of their two shots on goal in the first half beginning with Gould's tally at the 12:00 mark. On the play, senior Jillian DeSimone (Lincoln, R.I.) sent a cross into the box, which Gould pushed toward the goal. Katz kept the play alive sending a pass back to Gould who buried a shot from the edge of the goal area.

Just over five minutes later, DeSimone again whipped a cross into the box. As the Bulldogs attempted a clear, Jolson sent a ball back into the penalty area where Katz redirected it into the back of the net from the edge of the goal area at 17:14. Jolson notched her first career point on the play.

Yale responded less than 30 seconds later as Sofia Griff converted a penalty kick into the right side of the goal 17:41 into the opening stanza. The Bears' defense held tight for the duration, surrendering just two shots on goal and two corner kicks in the second half.

The Bears' senior class finished their careers with a combined 292 games played and 176 games started. Brown improved to 26-17-2 all-time vs. Yale and has won three of the last four meetings.