PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University women's soccer hosts Sacred Heart University on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in its final non-conference contest of the year before opening Ivy League play at home against Dartmouth College on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. on Stevenson-Pincince Field.
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Brown and Sacred Heart have met 14 times with the Bears holding an 8-3-3 edge in the all-time series. The Bears and Pioneers played to a 0-0 (2OT) draw last season.
Dartmouth and Brown have collided on the pitch 42 times with the Big Green carrying a slight 20-19-3 lead in the all-time ledger. The Bears emerged with a 1-0 victory in Hanover, N.H., last season. The two squads have opened Ancient Eight play against one another in each season beginning in 2008.
Brown topped Massachusetts, 2-0, on Thursday and defeated Central Connecticut State, 2-1, on Sunday to complete a 2-0 week. Senior Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) and junior Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) each tallied a goal and two assists on the week while freshmen Star White (Norfolk, Va.) and Brittany Montgomery (Lawrenceville, Ga.) netted one goal apiece. Junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) posted her first shutout of the season against the Minutewomen.
WALDMAN WINS IVY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) won Ivy League Player of the Week accolades on Sept. 18. She tallied four points on a goal and two assists to help lead Brown to a 2-0 week. She scored the game-winning goal on her sixth goal of the year in a 2-0 win over Massachusetts on Thursday. She posted two assists – her third career two-assist game – in a 2-1 win over CCSU on Sunday.
Entering the week, Brown ranks third in the NCAA in corner kicks per game (8.63). The Bears have registered double-figure corner kicks in each of three matches this season. Brown also stands among national leaders in assists per game (10th, 2.88), shots on goal per game (15th, 8.75), and points per game (23rd, 7.13).
WALDMAN PACES CONFERENCE
Senior forward Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) ranks first in the Ivy League in points (15), goals (six), and game-winning goals (three). In the NCAA rankings, she stands 15th in points per game (1.88) and 27th in goals per game (0.75). She scored the game-winnining goal in a 2-0 win at Massachusetts and posted two assists in a 2-0 win over CCSU. Waldman netted 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 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 tallied six goals and 15 points this season after posting five goals and 18 points over her first three seasons combined.
Junior midfielder Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) ranks in a tie for fourth in the Ivy League with 11 points on four goals and three assists and has tallied a point in four straight games. She posted a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over CCSU. She 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.
Freshman forward Star White (Norfolk, Va.) ranks sixth in the Ivy League and first among first-year student-athletes with 10 points and has tallied a point in four straight games. She stands in a tie for first in the conference with four assists and has added three goals. She netted her first career game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over CCSU. 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), Lafayette (Sept. 10), and Massachusetts (Sept. 14).
CARUSO COMPILES POINTS
Junior forward Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.) ranks in a tie for first in the Ivy League 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.
CARCHIO IN THE MIDFIELD
Sophomore midfielder Abby Carchio (Lakeville, Mass.) has tallied four points on a goal and two assists on the season. 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 six games in 2017 after compiling five points over 15 games as a rookie.
ETZEL AS THE BACKSTOP
Junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) has tallied six wins thus far this season and now has 22 career wins, putting her in a tie for fifth place on Brown's career wins list. This fall she has recorded a 1.22 GAA and .762 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.
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. In the middle portion, the Bears topped both Massachusetts (2-0) and CCSU (2-1). Brown closes the slate with this week's match-ups against Sacred Heart (Sept. 20), and Dartmouth (Sept. 24) with the match vs. the Big Green acting as the Bears' Ivy League opener.
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.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Sacred Heart enters Wednesday's match with a 3-5-0 overall record. The Pioneers have won two of their last three outings with victories over Hartford (2-1) and Saint Peter's (3-1). The club has fallen to a pair of Ivy League foes this season in Yale (3-2) and Columbia (5-0). Melanie DaSilva and Alex Mesropyan have both posted seven points on three goals and one assist. Nicole Sambuco has played every minute in goal, registering a 1.83 GAA and .762 save percentage.
Dartmouth enters the week with a 4-3-0 overall record prior to a meeting at Boston University on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The Big Green have notched wins in two of their last three outings heading into their match-up with BU behind victories over Albany (3-0) and Quinnipiac (4-2). Remy Borinsky leads the team with four goals while Bianca Ribi has posted thee goals and three assists. Mariel Gordon has seen the majority of time in net, compiling a 1.24 GAA and .784 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 Dartmouth, Brown competes in its first Ivy League road game when the Bears travel to play at Columbia on Saturday, Sept. 30 at 4:00 p.m.
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