Bears Edged by Dartmouth, 2-1, in Ivy Opener

HANOVER, NH – The Brown women's soccer team (4-3-1, 0-1-0) battled Dartmouth (3-4-1, 1-0-0) for 90 minutes, but came up just short, falling to the Big Green, 2-1, in the Ivy opener for both squads Sunday afternoon in Hanover.

Dartmouth held a slight, 12-11, shot advantage in the game, while Brown had seven corner kicks to Dartmouth's one. The Big Green defense combined to stop six of the Bears' seven shots on goal, as goalie Colleen Hogan recorded five saves and the defense stopped another shot to help limit Brown to just the single goal, scored on a penalty kick in the 82nd minute.

The Bears opened the game with significant pressure, taking three corner kicks in the first 10 minutes. However, it was on Dartmouth's first and only corner kick that the Big Green would take a 1-0 lead. After the ball was cleared out by the Bears' defense on the initial chance after the corner, the ball went right to Aurelia Solomon, who ripped a shot from about 25 yards out into the far corner for the 1-0 lead.

Brown had a dangerous sequence in the 32nd minute when Hogan punched out a cross by freshman Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) that had turned into a shot and then cleared a Bears' corner kick. Senior Gina Walker (Canyon Country, CA) took a shot on goal in the 38th minute but Hogan was there to grab the dangerous attempt to help Dartmouth hold the 1-0 lead heading into the second half.

The Big Green took a 2-0 lead in the 58th minute when Marina Moschitto converted a cross from Grace Best for what would prove to be the game-winning goal.

The Bears scored their lone goal of the game at 81:33 when freshman Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) converted a penalty kick for her second goal in as many games.

The freshmen goaltending duo of Amber Bledsoe (Withamsville, OH) and MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) each allowed one goal with Barrett recording two saves in the second half.

Brown continues action on Wednesday afternoon when it hosts New Hampshire in a 4:30 p.m. contest.

Pictured: Mika Siegelman '14. Photo by DSPics.net.