Sept. 20, 2006
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown women's soccer team (4-2-2), ranked 25th by the current Soccer America poll, dominated the University of Maine, but came up short in a 1-0 loss to the Black Bears (7-0-1), who remain undefeated on the season, and have now won six straight games, while allowing just one goal in that span.
Brown came out firing on all cylinders, controlling the flow of the game, while earning a 9-0 advantage in shots during the first 25 minutes of play. The Black Bears finally registered their first shot of the half in the 28th minute, but Brown continued to pressure the Maine defense, finishing the half with a 15-3 advantage in shots, including a 5-0 margin in shots on goal.
Brown's best chance to score in the first half came at 16:13 when senior Jill Mansfield (East Windsor, NJ) fired a rocket from just outside the box, but Maine goalie Jasmine Phillips was able to get her glove on it and deflect it over the crossbar to keep the Bears out of the net.
Coming out of halftime, Maine wasted little time in changing the momentum of the game, scoring the contest's only goal just 23 seconds into the second half. Laura Martel gained possession of the ball from a Brown defender and passed up the left wing to Laura Harper. Harper dribbled in, beating her defender and launched a shot into the back of the net from 25 yards out.
The Bears couldn't crack the Maine defense to net the equalizer, despite taking 11 shots in the final 45 minutes and earning a 5-0 advantage in second half corner kicks. Freshman goalie Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) recorded four saves, including two saves in a row midway through the second half from point blank range.
After eight straight non-league games, the Bears will take a break from non-Ivy action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Dartmouth for their 2006 Ivy opener. Kick-off is slated for 1:00 p.m.