PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University women's soccer plays its third road game in its last four matches when the Bears compete at Cornell University on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Berman Field.
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Brown leads the series with Cornell, 26-7-4, in 37 all-time meetings. The Bears hold a 7-0-1 record in the last eight match-ups between the two sides. Brown has taken 3-2 double overtime decisions in two of the last four years (2013 and 2015). Last fall, the Bears emerged with a 1-0 win at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
Four Brown women's soccer student-athletes have tallied 10 or more points this season, giving the Bears a quartet of double-figure scorers for the first time since 2006. This fall, senior Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.), freshman Star White (Norfolk, Va.), and juniors Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) and Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.) have posted 19, 14, 12, and 10 points respectively. In 2006, Kathryn Moos '07 led the team with 36 points on 15 goals and six assists.
CUMMINGS TAKES IVY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman defender Sydney Cummings (Millstone Township, N.J.) won Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors after the Bears shutout Harvard, 1-0, on Oct. 14, giving the Bears their first victory over the Crimson since 2010. The starting center back in the team's 3-5-2 formation, she has played every minute this season.
IVY COVERED WINS
Brown has earned a pair of 1-0 shutout victories in Ivy League play this season. The Bears opened conference play with a 1-0 win over Dartmouth in overtime on Sept. 24 as freshman forward Star White (Norfolk, Va.) netted the game-winning goal in the 92nd minute. Junior forward Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.) scored in the 54th minute to lead Brown to a 1-0 win over Harvard on Oct. 14, giving the Bears their first victory over the Crimson since 2010.
Entering the week, Brown ranks sixth in the NCAA in corner kicks per game (7.69). The Bears have registered double-figure corner kicks in each of four matches this season. Brown also stands among national leaders in assists per game (18th, 2.23), points per game (46th, 5.62), shots per game (49th, 16.08), and shots on goal per game (54th, 7.46).
WALDMAN PUSHES CONFERENCE PACE
Senior forward Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) ranks second in the Ivy League in points (19), fourth in goals (seven), second in assists (five), and first in game-winning goals (four). In the NCAA rankings, she stands 21st in game-winning goals (four). She scored the game-winnining goals in wins at Massachusetts (Sept. 14) and vs. Sacred Heart (Sept. 20) and posted two assists in a 2-0 win over CCSU (Sept. 17). 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 seven goals and 19 points this season after posting five goals and 18 points over her first three seasons combined.
Freshman forward Star White (Norfolk, Va.) ranks seventh in the Ivy League and first among first-year student-athletes with 14 points and has tallied a point in seven of her last nine games. She leads the conference with six assists and has added four goals. She scored the overtime, game-winning goal in her Ivy debut vs. Dartmouth (Sept. 24) after netting her first career game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over CCSU (Sept. 17). 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), Massachusetts (Sept. 14), Sacred Heart (Sept. 20), and Princeton (Oct. 7).
Junior midfielder Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) ranks eighth in the Ivy League with 12 points and sixth in the league with four assists to go along with four goals. She notched the assist on the game winner vs. Dartmouth (Sept. 24) and posted a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over CCSU (Sept. 17). 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.
CARUSO COMPILES POINTS
Junior forward Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.) ranks sixth in the Ivy League with four assists on the year. She scored her first career game-winning goal in a 1-0 win at Harvard on Oct. 14. Caruso netted a goal in the 10th minute against Princeton (Oct. 7) for her second career goal against the Tigers. 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 10 points this year after recording four points over her first two seasons.
CARCHIO IN THE MIDFIELD
Sophomore midfielder Abby Carchio (Lakeville, Mass.) has tallied seven points on two goals and three assists on the season. Carchio totaled a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Sacred Heart (Sept. 20). 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 seven points in 2017 after compiling five points as a rookie.
ETZEL AS THE BACKSTOP
Junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) has tallied nine wins thus far this season and now has 25 career wins, putting her in fourth place on Brown's career wins list. She has posted three shutouts this year and has 17 career clean sheets – third best at Brown all-time. This fall Etzel has recorded a 1.05 GAA and .785 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 GAA (0.361), and 13th in shutouts (10) at the end of the regular season.
Brown has played in five overtime matches this season, notching a 3-2-0 record in those contests. The three overtime wins match a program record set in 2008. The Bears have now notched two or more overtime wins in a season eight times. The club won back-to-back games in overtime to open a season for the first time in program history. The team has tallied consecutive overtime wins in two other seasons – 1993 and 2008.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Cornell brings a 2-6-3 overall record and a 0-2-2 Ivy League mark into Saturday's contest. In Ivy competition, the Big Red has played Yale and Penn to scoreless ties while dropping decisions to Harvard (3-1) and Columbia (2-0). Goalkeeper Meghan Kennedy leads the conference with 6.22 saves per game while Paige DeLoach paces the club with two goals.
Freshman forward Star White gained Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 25 after scoring the overtime, game-winning goal in the Bears' Ivy opener vs. Dartmouth on Sept. 24. White recorded three points on a goal and an assist, including the game-winning goal vs. Dartmouth, to help lead Brown to a 2-0 week. In the 92nd minute against the Big Green, White netted her second game winner of the year to lift Brown to a 1-0 win. She notched an assist in a 2-1 win over Sacred Heart on Sept. 20.
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 Sept. 14. She posted two assists – her third career two-assist game – in a 2-1 win over CCSU on Sept. 17.
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 playing at Cornell, Brown returns to Stevenson-Pincince Field for its final home match of the season as the Bears host Penn on Oct. 28 at 3:30 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.