PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University women's soccer makes a brief detour to play on the road at the University of Massachusetts on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. before returning home to Stevenson-Pincince Field to host Central Connecticut State University on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. as the Bears continue a stretch in which they play five home contests in a six-game span.
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Brown holds a 7-12-2 all-time record in 21 meetings vs. Massachusetts. The Bears and Minutewomen have met in each of the last seven seasons with Brown gaining a 4-2-1 edge in those match-ups. Last year's fixture ended in a 0-0 (2OT) draw.
Brown carries a 2-0-1 mark all-time against Central Connecticut State. The Bears won 1-0 last season and 8-0 on Nov. 2, 1995. The two sides played to a 0-0 (2OT) draw on Sept. 16, 2007.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior midfielder Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) scored in the first half, and senior forward Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) netted a goal in the second half to lift Brown to a 2-1 win over Lafayette College on Sunday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field. The Bears scored in the 8th minute and in the 53rd minute to gain a 2-0 lead and held off a rally from the visiting Leopards in the final 15 minutes.
WALDMAN WOWS WITH HAT TRICK
Senior forward Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) has scored a team-high five goals on the year, including her first career hat trick in a 4-0 win at Hartford on Aug. 31. She recorded her second game-winning goal of the season with her second-half strike in a 2-1 win against Lafayette on Sept. 10. She netted a goal in the Bears' 3-2 (2OT) win at Rhode Island on Aug. 27 and scored in back-to-back games for the first time in her career with her hat trick against the Hawks in her next outing. Waldman has registered five goals this season after totaling five goals in her first three years combined.
CARUSO COMPILES POINTS
Junior forward Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.) has tallied points in four of her last five games and leads the Bears with four assists on the year. 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 2-1 win over Lafayette on Sept. 10 and in a 3-2 (2OT) victory over Rhode Island on Aug. 27. She has posted six points this year after recording four points over her first two seasons.
Junior midfielder 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, prior to netting a first-half goal in a 2-1 win vs. Lafayette on Sept. 10. Against the Rams, 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. She ranks second on Brown in goals (three) and points (seven).
Freshman forward Star White (Norfolk, Va.) ranks second on Brown with seven points and three assists. She 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 scored her second collegiate goal vs. Providence on Sept. 7 and tallied one assist apiece against Hartford (Aug. 31) and Lafayette (Sept. 10).
CARCHIO IN THE MIDFIELD
Sophomore midfielder Abby Carchio (Lakeville, Mass.) has tallied a point in three of the four games in which she has played this year. She scored her first goal of the year in a 4-0 win at Hartford on Aug. 31. Carchio tallied one assist apiece at Vermont on Sept. 2 and in a 2-1 win over Lafayette on Sept. 10. She has four points in four games in 2016 after compiling five points over 15 games as a rookie.
ETZEL AS THE BACKSTOP
Junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) has tallied four wins thus far this season and now has 20 career wins, giving her sole possession of sixth place on Brown's career wins list. This fall she has recorded a 1.45 GAA and .710 save percentage. 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.
The Bears are in the midst of a stretch where they play five home matches over a six-game span. Brown opened the stretch with a 3-1 setback to Providence before rebounding with a 2-1 win over Lafayette. After a trip to Massachusetts on Sept. 13, the team returns to Stevenson-Pincince Field to host CCSU (Sept. 17), Sacred Heart (Sept. 20), and Dartmouth (Sept. 24) with the match vs. the Big Green acting as the Bears' Ivy League opener.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Massachusetts brings a 2-3-1 overall record into Thursday's match, including a 1-3-1 mark at home. In their last three matches, the Minutewomen have gone 2-0-1 with wins over Maine (2-1, OT) and Holy Cross (1-0) and a 1-1 (2OT) draw with Delaware. Erin Doster leads the club with four points and two goals while Cassidy Babin has played every minute in goal, tallying a 1.60 GAA and .804 save percentage.
Central Connecticut carries a 2-4-0 mark into the week and will host Vermont on Friday prior to facing the Bears. CCSU opened the year with wins over UMass (3-0) and URI (1-0) but has dropped its last four contests. Jenna Rae Covello paces the team with four points and two goals. Ashley Cavanaugh has seen the majority of time in net, posting a 1.33 GAA and a .793 save percentage.
KANTE EARNS IVY LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
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 CCSU, Brown remains at home to take on Sacred Heart (Sept. 20, 7:00 p.m.) and to open Ivy League play against Dartmouth (Sept. 24, 1:00 p.m.).
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.