October 2, 2010

Bears and Columbia Battle to 0-0 Double Overtime Tie

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown women's soccer team (4-3-3, 0-1-1) played visiting Columbia (6-2-2, 1-0-1) to a 0-0 double overtime tie on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. Both teams had quality chances throughout regulation and overtime, but the defense for each team made the stops it needed to and the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

After holding a slim, 9-8, advantage in shots during the first half, Brown picked things up in the second half and dictated the flow of the game, taking 12 shots to Columbia's five.

Brown freshman Kiersten Berg (Salt Lake City, UT) nearly put the game away for Brown in the 66th minute. Wide open in front of the net, Berg fired a low shot from a sitting position. With the Columbia goalie out of position, the ball appeared to be headed into the net. However, a Lions' defender was there to clear the ball away and end the threat.

The Lions had a dangerous chance of their own with just seconds remaining in regulation. On a series of two straight corner kicks with about 1:30 left to play, Liz Wicks was able to get a shot off at the last second. The ball got past freshman goalie MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) and was headed for the far side of the net. However, the buzzer sounded before the ball could cross the line, as the two teams headed for overtime.

Both teams were dangerous in the extra periods, with each team taking three shots. Columbia had the only shot on goal, a Wicks' chance in the first overtime that was saved by Barrett, as all three of Brown's were either wide or blocked.

For the game, Brown outshot Columbia, 24-16, while the Lions earned 11 corner kicks to the Bears' six. Freshman Amber Bledsoe (Withamsville, OH) recorded four saves in the first half, before giving way to Barrett, who made three in the final 65 minutes. Lillian Klein stopped six shots for the Lions.

Brown continues action on Tuesday, October 5, when it hosts Holy Cross in a 5:00 p.m. contest.

Pictured: Amber Bledsoe '14 (L) and MC Barrett '14. Photos by DSPics.net.