Women’s Soccer Hosts Providence (Thu.), Lafayette (Sun.) in Week Three

Women’s Soccer Hosts Providence (Thu.), Lafayette (Sun.) in Week Three

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University women's soccer returns home to Stevenson-Pincince Field to host Providence College on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Lafayette College on Sunday at noon with the Ivy League Network set to broadcast both games, including a simulcast of the PC match on Facebook Live.

Vs. Providence: Video | Facebook Live | Live Stats | Tickets
Vs. Lafayette: Video | Live Stats | Tickets
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The Ivy League has partnered with Facebook to showcase select events from the Ivy League Network on Facebook Live as part of the league's "Facebook Live Week Powered by the Ivy League Network" from Sept. 6-13. As part of the initiative, Brown will simulcast its ILN broadcast of the Bears' game vs. Providence on Facebook Live. Fans are encouraged to like Brown Athletics on Facebook in order to watch the game via Facebook Live. 

Video of all home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network. Fans can subscribe and view games by purchasing yearly, monthly, or daily packages. 

Brown and Providence College have met 28 times all-time with the Bears holding a 20-8-0 lead in the all-time series. The Friars have won the last four fixtures in the rivalry with the Bears last earning a win in 2011 via a 2-0 decision.

The Bears have met Lafayette on the pitch on three previous occasions with Brown claiming victories in all three match-ups. Brown won 1-0 in 2000, 3-0 in 2005, and 1-0 last fall. 

Brown defeated Hartford, 4-0, on Aug. 31 with senior forward Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) scoring three goals for her first career hat trick. Sophomore midfielder Abby Carchio (Lakeville, Mass.) added a goal in the win over the Hawks. The Bears fell at Vermont on Sept. 2 in overtime, 2-1, despite an equalizer from junior forward Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.) in the 72nd minute. 

Senior forward Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) scored three goals for her first career hat trick in a 4-0 win at Hartford on Aug. 31. She recorded six points in her first career multi-goal game and converted on all three of her shot attempts. She scored in back-to-back games for the first time in her career after netting a goal in the Bears' 3-2 (2OT) win at Rhode Island on Aug. 27. She has tallied four goals this season after entering the year with five goals. 

Junior forward Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.) has tallied points in three straight contests. She scored the second goal of her career at Vermont on Sept. 2, netting an equalizer in the 72nd minute. Caruso posted her first career multi-assist game with two helpers in a 4-0 win at Hartford on Aug. 31. She added an assist in a 3-2 (2OT) victory over Rhode Island on Aug. 27. 

Junior forward Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) scored twice in the Bears' win over Rhode Island on Aug. 27, 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. 

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. She tacked on an assist in the Bears' 4-0 win at Hartford on Aug. 31. 

Seven different Bears have notched assists through Brown's first four games with junior Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.) leading the group with three helpers. Freshman Star White (Norfolk, Va.) ranks second on the team with two assists. Sophomores Abby Carchio (Lakeville, Mass.), Andie Gilmore (Walpole, Mass.), and Abby Kaplan (Potomac, Md.) and freshmen Sydney Cummings (Millstone Township, N.J.) and Zeinab Kante (Dallas, Texas) have each posted one assist. 

Junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) has tallied three wins to thus far this season and now has 19 career wins, giving her sole possession of sixth place on Brown's career wins list, passing 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. 

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. 

Providence has opened the season with a 1-4-0 overall record including a win over CCSU (1-0) and losses against William & Mary (2-0), James Madison (4-0), Harvard (1-0), and Minnesota (1-0, 2OT). Juliana Pellegrini has posted the Friars' lone goal on the year. Shelby Hogan has seen the majority of time in net, recording a 1.39 GAA and .774 save percentage.

Lafayette has started the year with a 2-2-0 mark, notching wins over NJIT (2-1, OT) and Delaware State (3-1) and falling to Siena (3-1) and Villanova (5-0). The Leopards host Binghamton on Thursday prior to playing the Bears. Through the team's first four games, Katie Brannigan leads the club with five points on two goals and an assist. Kelly O'Brien and Maggie Pohl have split time in goal, combining for a 2.47 GAA and .655 save percentage. 

Freshman forward Zeinab Kante (Dallas, Texas) earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Aug. 28 after scoring the game-winning goal in Brown's 2-1 overtime win against Maine on Aug. 25. In her collegiate debut, Kante recorded the game winner alongside an assist in the Bears' season-opening victory. 

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 hosting Lafayette, Brown plays at Massachusetts on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 4:00 p.m. (A-10 Network) and hosts Central Connecticut State on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3:00 p.m. (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.