Story’s Two Goals Lift Women’s Soccer over URI in Double Overtime, 3-2

Story’s Two Goals Lift Women’s Soccer over URI in Double Overtime, 3-2

KINGSTON, R.I. – Junior Celia Story converted a penalty kick in the 104th minute for her second goal of the game as Brown University women's soccer defeated the University of Rhode Island, 3-2, in double overtime on Sunday afternoon at the URI Soccer Complex.

In their first road match of the season, the Bears (2-0-0) won in extra time for the second time in as many contests to open the season with their victory over the host Rams (2-2-0).

With 6:03 to play in the second overtime, freshman Star White (Norfolk, Va.) drew a foul in the box to allow Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) to step up to the penalty spot and deliver the golden goal, her eighth career goal.

The Bears opened the game with a 2-0 lead behind a 13th minute goal from senior Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) and a 16th minute goal from Story before the Rams tied the game at 2-2 with back-to-back tallies in the 35th and 36th minutes.

Brown junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) made eight saves in the win (2-0-0), posting her 18th career win. Sophomore Abby Kaplan (Potomac, Md.,) junior Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.), and freshman Sydney Cummings (Millstone Township, N.J.) each recorded an assist.

Waldman opened the game's scoring at the 12:27 mark, finishing off a corner from Kaplan from the right side inside of the goal area. The goal stood as her first of the season and the sixth of her career.

Less than three minutes later, Story doubled the Bears' lead to 2-0 at 15:15, sliding in the box to knock home a cross from Caruso – who received a through ball from Cummings – from the right side. She netted her first goal of the season and the seventh of her career on the play.

The Rams responded with back-to-back goals 56 seconds apart to tie the game at 2-2 in the 36th minute. Svana Hermannsdottir found the back of the net first off a ball from Kelsie Cummings at 34:58. Amanda Nardella equalized for URI at 35:54 sending a cross from Hermannsdottir into the top netting.

Etzel made multiple key stops in the first half, beginning with consecutive saves in the fourth minute on a breakaway and corner kick. She turned aside a header off a corner in the 18th minute and blocked a point-blank shot in the 28th minute.

The Bears nearly broke the tie in the second half as a shot from White required a save before a shot from Waldman was tapped over the bar in the 59th minute. A low shot from Caruso was deflected away in the 66th minute, and Etzel kept the game tied in the 78th minute, diving to her right to make a stop.

In the first overtime, Caruso generated the best chance of the period as her low shot inside the goal area needed a diving save.

For the match, Brown led 18-8 in corner kicks while URI held advantages in shots (17-12) and shots on goal (10-8).

URI's Julia Freeman took the loss (0-1-0), making four saves in the second half and overtime. Haley Brennan stopped one shot in the first half.

Next, Brown plays at Hartford on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 6:00 p.m. and at Vermont on Saturday, Sept. 2 at noon. 

Game Notes:
Brown improved to 18-6-1 all-time vs. URI; the Bears have won the last five meetings … Brown has earned points in 19 of its last 21 matches dating back to 2015 … Christine Etzel moved into a tie for sixth place all-time at Brown with 18 career wins; Krista Fulton '96 also had 18 career wins … Celia Story scored two goals in a game for the second time in her career; she also accomplished the feat at Cornell on Oct. 24, 2015 … Abby Kaplan and Sydney Cummings each registered her first career assist … Jennifer Caruso tallied her third career assist.

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