October 26, 2008

Bears Shutout by Cornell, 2-0

Oct. 26, 2008

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - For the second game in a row, the Brown women's soccer team (5-6-4, 1-3-1) failed to find the back of the net, as Cornell (2-10-1, 1-4-0) posted a 2-0 victory over the Bears on Sunday afternoon at Stevenson Field.

Things did not start well for Brown, which fell behind, 1-0, just 8:10 into the contest. The Big Red outshot Brown, 3-1, during the opening five minutes of play and then scored what would prove to be the game-winner when Eva Dixon blasted a 20-yard shot from the left side of the box that beat junior Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) to the far post.

Just after the goal, senior Jamie Mize (Washington, DC) fired a shot for Brown that sailed high of the net. But for the next 21:51, it was all Cornell, as the Big Red took five shots to Brown's none and earned one corner kick during this time, while increasing their lead to 2-0 on a goal by Abageal Vonderweidt at the 11:39 mark.

Cornell nearly went up 3-0 six minutes later when Vonderweidt chased after a lose ball, forcing Hogue to come off her line. Hogue got to it first and appeared to have the ball, but it slipped through her hands and Vonderweidt was able to get a shot off that was blocked on the goal-line by sophomore Charlotte Rizzi (Bethesda, MD).

Brown picked up its intensity during the final 10 minutes of the half, outshooting the Big Red, 7-4, during this time, but to no avail, as the Bears' failed to capitalize.

Bruno further picked up its tempo in the second half, outshooting the Big Red, 19-5, during the final 45 minutes, but Kelly Murphy made eight saves and the other 11 shots were either wide or blocked, as Brown was shutout for the second straight game.

Freshman Marybeth Lesbirel (Holmdel, NJ) led the Bears' offense with five shots, while junior Bridget Ballard (Los Angeles, CA) and freshman Gloria Chun (Irvine, CA) each tallied four. Hogue played the entire game in net and finished with five saves. Brown returns to action next Saturday, November 1, when it travels to Penn to face the Quakers at 5:00 p.m.