Bears and Tigers Battle to Scoreless Tie
Oct. 11, 2008
PRINCETON, NJ - The Brown women's soccer team (4-4-4, 1-1-1) battled Princeton to a scoreless draw (7-1-2, 2-0-1) on Saturday afternoon at Roberts Stadium. Junior Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) posted her fourth shutout of the season and the eighth of her career with a seven-save effort, six of which came over the final 65 minutes.
The Bears came out strong in the first half, building a 6-1 shot advantage, including taking the first five shots of the game over a period of 28:21. However, only two of those shots were on net and Alyssa Pont made the saves she needed to make to keep Brown off the board. Brown's best chance of the half came with less than thre mintues left in the half, but Pont robbed sophomore Joyce Chun (Irvine, CA) on a breakaway.
The second half was another story, as Princeton was able to limit Brown to just one shot, a header by junior Kiki Manners (North Potomac, MD), which went high of the net. At the other end of the field, the Tigers were relentless, peppering Hogue and the Bears' defense with eight shots. Hogue recorded three saves during this time, including one with 3:07 remaining in regulation, just 18 seconds after a Princeton shot hit the post.
Brown came out strong in the first overtime, as senior Jamie Mize (Washington, DC) fired a shot just 53 seconds in. Just one minute later, freshman Sarah Hebert-Seropian (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QUE) had her shot saved and then two minutes later, Pont saved another Hebert-Seropian shot.
Following Hebert-Seropian's second bid, the tigers were denied by the posts again, as a shot by Sarah Peteraf hit the crossbar at 94:16. Princeton had one more chance with 3:08 left on a breakaway by Bernie DaCosta, but Hogue made the stop as the two teams headed for a second overtime.
The second overtime was the reverse of the first, as it was Princeton that took two quick shots, both of them saved by Hogue to keep the game scoreless. After a third Tigers' attempt went wide of the net just past the midway point of the period, Brown had two last shots, one by freshman Allison Kagawa (Mililani, HI) at 106:53 that was saved and another by freshman Marybeth Lesbirel (Holmdel, NJ) at 107:09 that went wide.
The Bears earned a corner kick in the final 26 seconds of play, but we unable to get a shot off before the final whistle, as the game ended in a 0-0 draw and marked just the second time this season that Princeton has failed to score at least one goal.
Hebert-Seropian led Brown with three shots, including two on goal, while nine other Bears recorded one shot in the tie.
Brown returns home on Wednesday, October 15, for a 7:00 p.m. contest against Sacred Heart, its final non-league game of the season, which also begins a three-game homestand.