PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University women's soccer and Columbia University remained level for over 88 minutes until Columbia's Emma Anderson scored in the 89th minute to give the visitors a 1-0 win at Stevenson-Pincince Field on Saturday afternoon.
In their first Ivy League home match of the season, the Bears (5-2-3, 1-1-0 Ivy) allowed their first goal of the season on their home pitch against the Lions (5-4-2, 2-0-0 Ivy) after not conceding a goal at home for more than 488 minutes over five matches to open the year.
Netting her fifth goal of the season, Anderson found herself on the end of a through ball from Emily Koe that snaked through the Brown defense and slotted a shot into the right side of the goal from the edge of the goal area at 88:09.
For Brown, sophomore goalie Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) turned aside four shots and has allowed just two goals over 960 minutes this season for a 0.19 GAA. Etzel (5-2-3) entered the weekend as the No. 1 ranked goalkeeper in the NCAA in shutouts, goals against average, and save percentage.
Columbia net-minder Allison Spencer (3-0-1) made two saves in her second shutout of the season.
Etzel stopped one shot in the first half, diving slightly to her right to stop a low attempt from Columbia's Amaris Hemmings.
The Lions went on the attack early in the second period, tallying five shots in the frame's first five minutes after posting three shots in the opening 45 minutes. Etzel stepped up to grab a save on a header after a corner kick during the stretch.
Sophomore Megan Grant (Carlsbad, Calif.) placed her second shot on goal in the 61st minute as her bid from 20 yards tested Spencer, causing a brief spill.
Fellow sophomore Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) nearly broke through for the Bears in the 70th minute, sending a shot just over the crossbar from seven yards out.
For the match, the Lions held advantages in shots (14-7), shots on goal (5-2), and corner kicks (4-1).
Brown moved to 13-10-7 in the all-time series against Columbia. Anderson scored a late game winner in the match-up for the second straight year after netting a 90th minute goal in the Lions' 1-0 win in 2015.
Next, Brown plays at Princeton on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.
Video of all Brown women's soccer home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on ILDN.TV/BROWN.
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