Rookie Goals Propel Women’s Soccer Past Maine in Overtime in Opener, 2-1

Rookie Goals Propel Women’s Soccer Past Maine in Overtime in Opener, 2-1

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Freshman Star White tied the game in the 82nd minute, and fellow rookie Zeinab Kante netted the game-winning goal in the 98th minute as Brown University women's soccer rallied past the University of Maine in overtime, 2-1, at Stevenson-Pincince Field on Friday night.

In their season and home opener, the Bears (1-0-0) overcame a 1-0 deficit to upend the Black Bears (0-1-1) as first-year student-athletes accounted for six of Brown's seven points on the evening.

"Our team is resilient. They showed that last season, and I am happy that they responded to the goal the way that they did," head coach Kia McNeill said. "We knew that this game was in our control, and we just needed to put the ball away and finish. It took a little bit longer than I expected, but I'm happy that we got there."

Making their collegiate debuts, White (Norfolk, Va.) and Kante (Dallas, Texas) each registered her first career goal and assisted on each other's goals. Sophomore Andie Gilmore (Walpole, Mass.) posted her first career assist on the Bears' first goal.

Junior goalkeeper and 2016 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) made two saves in the win (1-0-0), notching her 17th career victory.

After Maine struck in the 77th minute, White answered just over five minutes later at the 81:55 mark, finishing off a ball in the box after Kante and Gilmore each put touches on the ball. Junior Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) started the sequence, driving a shot on target that required a last-second parry.

Kante netted the game's golden goal at 97:17 in the first overtime period, capitalizing on a loose ball at the top of the box and slotting a shot into the back of the net. On the play, White redirected the ball away from the goalkeeper and into the path of an oncoming Kante.

"It's great to be able to come from behind," McNeill said. "I think that is something that is going to help us moving forward. You gain confidence from moments like that. I've known Scott over at Maine for a long time, and they always have a very well organized and well-coached group. I knew that they would be tough to break down today. I'm glad that we were patient and tried to draw them out and exploit them in the holes."

Brown created the better of the second half's chances, generating advantages in shots (13-4) and shots on goal (8-3), but the Black Bears charted the game's first tally as Mikayla Morin headed a corner kick from Kayla Brace into the side netting at 76:35 before the hosts made their comeback.

For the match, the Bears led in shots (20-5), shots on goal (10-3), and corner kicks (8-4).

Maine goalkeeper Annalena Kriebisch (0-1-1) stopped eight shots in the loss.

Next, Brown plays at Rhode Island on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 1:00 p.m. 

Game Notes:
Brown improved to 5-1-0 all-time vs. Maine … The Bears bettered their record to 6-1-3 at home since renaming their home pitch Stevenson-Pincince Field … Brown has earned points in 18 of their last 20 matches dating back to the 2015 season … The Bears improved to 29-13-1 all-time in season openers and have won each of their last seven debuts … freshmen White, Kante, Sydney Cummings, Cameron Brown, and Brittany Montgomery all made their collegiate debuts.

Video of all Brown women's soccer home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.

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