PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University women's soccer remains on the road playing at the University of Hartford on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. and at the University of Vermont on Saturday at noon after starting the season with a pair of overtime wins over the team's opening weekend.
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Brown holds a 2-9-0 all-time record against Hartford in a series that began in 1990. The two sides last met in 2003 with Brown taking a 2-0 win. The Bears carry an 11-5-3 all-time mark against Vermont in a series that started in 1975. The two teams last came together in 2012 with Brown winning 1-0.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Celia Story (Bainbridge, Island, Wash.) converted a penalty kick in the 104th minute for her second goal of the game as Brown defeated the University of Rhode Island, 3-2, in double overtime on Sunday afternoon at the URI Soccer Complex. 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.
KANTE EARNS IVY LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman forward Zeinab Kante (Dallas, Texas) earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors after scoring the game-winning goal in Brown's 2-1 overtime win against Maine on Friday. In her collegiate debut, Kante recorded the game winner alongside an assist in the Bears' season-opening victory.
STORY NOT TOYING AROUND
Junior forward Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) scored twice in the Bears' win over Rhode Island, driving the game-winning penalty kick into the back of the net in the 104th minute. She scored two goals in a game for the second time in her career after accomplishing the feat in a 3-2 (2OT) win at Cornell on October 24, 2015.
STAR WHITE, STAR BRIGHT
Freshman forward Star White (Norfolk, Va.) made an immediate impact in her collegiate debut, notching a goal and an assist in Brown's 2-1 (OT) victory over Maine. She brought new life to the Bears when she found the equalizer in the 82nd minute prior to assisting on the golden goal in the 98th minute.
Senior forward Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) opened the scoring in Brown's 3-2 (2OT) win at Rhode Island, finishing off a corner kick in the 13th minute for her sixth career goal.
HELP FROM FRIENDS
Six different Bears have tallied assists through Brown's first two games with junior Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.), sophomores Andie Gilmore (Walpole, Mass.) and Abby Kaplan (Potomac, Md.), and freshmen Sydney Cummings (Millstone Township, N.J.), Zeinab Kante (Dallas, Texas), and Star White (Norfolk, Va.) all entering the scoring equation on helpers.
Brown won back-to-back games in overtime to open a season for the first time in program history. The Bears have now notched two or more overtime wins in a season eight times. The team has tallied consecutive overtime wins in two other seasons – 1993 and 2008. Brown set a program high mark with three overtime wins during the 2008 campaign.
ETZEL AS THE BACKSTOP
Junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) has tallied consecutive wins to start the season and now has 18 career wins, placing her in a tie for sixth on Brown's career wins list with Krista Fulton '96. Etzel returns in goal after earning 2016 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors. As a sophomore, she ranked second in the NCAA in save percentage (0.921), fourth in goals-against average (0.361), and 13th in shutouts (10) at the end of the regular season.
TOPDRAWERSOCCER'S PLAYERS TO WATCH
Brown landed four student-athletes on TopDrawerSoccer's Top-20 Ivy League Players to Watch List entering the 2017 season, tying for the most representatives of any school in the conference. Senior Maclaine Lehan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and juniors Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.), Nicole Phillips (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), and Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) all earned spots on the list.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Hartford has opened the season with a 0-2-1 overall record behind setbacks to Fairleigh Dickinson (3-1) and Holy Cross (1-0) alongside a draw with Manhattan (1-1). Magalie Kayrouz and Bridgette Alexander have each scored one goal while Maia Perez has played every minute in net with a 1.55 GAA and .545 save percentage.
Vermont has opened its 2017 campaign with a 2-1-0 mark, including wins over Sacred Heart (2-1) and Florida International (1-0) and a loss to Rhode Island (4-2). Savana Yurick leads the Catamounts with two goals while Coco Speckmaier has started all three games in goal, posting a 1.19 GAA and .750 save percentage.
Senior center back Maclaine Lehan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) will serve Brown as captains this fall. Lehan will act as a captain for the Bears for the second straight season.
After playing at Vermont, Brown returns home to Stevenson-Pincince Field to host Providence College on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7:00 p.m. (ILN) and Lafayette College on Sunday, Sept. 10 at noon (ILN).
Tickets for all Brown women's soccer games can be purchased online, by calling the Brown Athletics Ticket Office at (401) 863-2773, or by walking up to the box office located in the Pizzitola Sports Center, open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.