PROVIDENCE, RI – Freshman Maddie Wiener (Portland, OR) became the fourth member of the Class of 2014 to score her first career goal, as the rookie forward tallied the first two goals of her career to lead the Brown women's soccer team (5-3-3) to a 2-0 victory over Holy Cross (3-5-2) on Tuesday evening at Stevenson Field. The win marks Brown's fourth shutout of the season and improved the Bears' record in games played at Stevenson Field to 3-0-3.
After nearly a 20 minute delay to the start of the game due to the late arrival of the head official, the two teams spent most of the first 20 minutes of the game in the middle third of the field, adjusting to field conditions caused by the steady drizzle.
The Crusaders had a few quality chances early on, earning three of their four first-half shots and both of their first-half corner kicks during the opening 20 21 minutes. However, once the Bears settled in, the half was all Brown, which finished the first half with a 14-4 advantage in shots and a 5-2 advantage in corner kicks.
The Bears fired off 10 shots and earned all five corner kicks during the final 22 minutes of the first half, including one particularly dangerous sequence in the 36th minute that saw Brown take three consecutive corner kicks. On the second corner, freshman Alison Mullin (Lafayette, CO) nearly gave Brown a 1-0 lead when her shot from about 20 yards out appeared to be headed to the left corner. However, Holy Cross goalie Mary Ferketic was able to get just enough of her fingertips on it to deflect the ball away from the net and out of bounds.
Just three minutes later, thought, Wiener, who had taken all three of those corner kicks, scored what would prove to be the game-winner. After receiving the ball from junior Allison Kagawa (Mililani, HI) on the left flank, Wiener blasted a high shot from about 35 yards out that Ferketic attempted to swat out of the net in the far corner. However, she couldn't get to the ball cleanly and it bounced off the underside of the crossbar and behind her for the 1-0 Brown lead just 5:30 before halftime.
The Bears needed just 3:20 of the second half to double their lead. Wiener took a pass from classmate Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) and buried her shot for her second goal of the game, providing some insurance.
Freshmen goalies Amber Bledsoe (Withamsville, OH) and MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) combined for three saves to post Brown's fourth shutout of the year. Bledsoe made one in the first half, while Barrett recorded two in the second half. Ferketic and Ashlyn Angell combined to stop six Brown shots for the Crusaders.
The Bears continue action this weekend when they travel to New
Jersey to face Princeton in a 7:00 p.m. Ivy League contest on
Saturday, October 9.
Pictured: Maddie Wiener '14. Photo by DSPics.net.