PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore goalkeeper Christine Etzel made seven saves in her seventh shutout in eight matches this year as Brown University women's soccer drew level with Sacred Heart University, 0-0, in double overtime on Wednesday night at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
In their final home non-conference game, the Bears (4-1-3) set a season high with 27 shots but could not break through the defense of the Pioneers (2-4-3).
"Christine has been incredible all season and our defensive line has been great," Brown head coach Kia McNeill said. "I think we started to create some chances in the attacking third. Now the next step is putting it in the back of the net."
Etzel (Madison, Conn.) – who ranks in the top four in the NCAA in shutouts, save percentage, and goals against average – increased her career shutout total to 11 clean sheets. She has allowed just one goal over 780 minutes on the season for a 0.12 GAA. She moved into a tie for third on Brown's single-season shutout list and into fifth place on Brown's career shutout ledger in the draw (4-1-2).
Brown's back four of senior Sydney Calas (Bethesda, Md.), juniors Maclaine Lehan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and Katy Schmidt (Corvallis, Ore.), and sophomore Nicole Phillips (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.) aided in another clean sheet.
Both sides generated chances in the first 20 minutes as two shots from Brown sophomore Megan Grant (Carlsbad, Calif.) carried over the bar, and an attempt from SHU's Melanie DaSilva ricocheted off the woodwork.
The Bears drove threatening shots towards the target in the final 10 minutes of the first half as a one-time shot from sophomore Amanda Lane (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) went wide in the 35th minute and a shot from freshman Terri Wilken (Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.) from the edge of the box went off target in the 39th minute.
The two teams created a variety of opportunities in the second half beginning with a punch save from Etzel in the 50th minute and a trio of shots from junior Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) inside the period's first five minutes.
Etzel came up with a pair of saves around the hour mark before freshman Veronica Alois (Andover, Mass.) placed a shot just above the crossbar in the 65th minute.
Senior Ella Warshauer (Santa Monica, Calif.) nearly broke the deadlock in the 78th minute as her header in the box off a cross from Schmidt required a diving save. Schmidt played in another cross into the mixer in the 85th minute before the two sides moved to overtime play.
Senior Carly Gould (Hampton Falls, N.H.) sent a shot toward goal from close range in the 99th minute, but a Pioneer defender blocked the bid.
In the second overtime, Etzel stepped up to make a pair of saves in the stanza's opening minutes. Waldman sent her fifth shot of the match wide in the 104th minute and played in a pair of corners in the contest's final minute.
For Sacred Heart, goalie Nicole Sambuco (2-4-3) registered five saves in her third shutout of the season while Alex Mesropyan and Olivia Crema posted seven and six shots respectively.
Next, Brown opens Ivy League play at Dartmouth on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 1 p.m. (ILDN).
For the match, Brown held advantages in shots (27-20) and corner kicks (8-5) while Sacred Heart led in shots on goal (7-5) … The two teams combined for 27 shots in the second half with Brown holding a 15-12 edge … Brown moved to 8-3-3 all-time vs. SHU … In the inaugural RPI rankings for the year, Brown checked in at No. 88, Sacred Heart at No. 291, and Dartmouth at No. 102 … Brown ranks No. 6 in the NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional Rankings while Dartmouth sits at No. 8.
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