October 16, 2010

Pitney’s Game-Winner Lifts Bears to Thrilling 2-1 Victory over Harvard

PROVIDENCE, RI – With time winding down and the score tied 1-1, freshman Louisa Pitney
(Washington, DC) headed in a cross from freshman Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) in the 84th
minute to lift the Brown women's soccer team (7-4-3, 1-2-1) to a thrilling, 2-1, Ivy League victory over Harvard (5-5-1, 2-2-0) on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. The win evens the all-time record between the Bears and Crimson at 20-20-3 and moved Brown into fifth place in the League standings with three games remaining.

Junior Allison Kagawa (Mililani, HI) helped to set up Pitney's game-winner, finding Siegelman with a short throw-in on the left side. Siegelman had room to work, before placing a high back-door cross through the box. Pitney timed her header perfectly, jumping up and redirecting the ball back to the left corner for her second goal of the year.

The two teams played an even game in a brisk wind, with Harvard edging Brown in shots, 14-13, and Brown edging Harvard in corner kicks, 5-4.

Playing into the wind, Harvard seemed to have the better of the play in the early going, taking five shots to Brown's two in the game's opening 18 minutes. The Crimson nearly took a 1-0 lead just 2:22 into the game when Melanie Baskind got in behind the Brown defense and pulled freshman Amber Bledsoe (Withamsville, OH), who finished with two saves, out of the net. Baskind dribbled towards the left to get around Bledsoe, but took just enough time to allow junior Gloria Chun (Irvine, CA) the time to get in position to block the shot and end the threat.

The Bears had a golden opportunity in the 23rd minute of play, but junior Marybeth Lesbirel (Holmdel, NJ), who had gotten in behind the Harvard defense, fired her shot just wide of the left post, as the game remained scoreless.

However, less than five minutes later, the Crimson would go up, 1-0, when Katherine Sheeleigh put a perfect cross through the box that Alexandra Conigliaro, at the right post, one-timed on the volley to the opposite corner.

Following the goal, the Bears switched their formation and the change produced immediate dividends, as sophomore Diana Ohrt (Simi Valley, CA) tied the game at 1-1 at 37:55 when she deflected a corner kick by Pitney past Alexandra Millet for her first career goal.

At the half, freshman MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) replaced Bledsoe in the Bears' net and was almost immediately tested, making a save on a shot by Baskind just 3:44 into the second stanza. Barrett also came up with back-to-back saves on a pair of shots by Sheeleigh and Aisha Price in the 78th minute of play to help keep the score tied at one.

Following Pitney's game-winner, Barrett recorded her fourth save of the half on a Kerry Kartsonis shot and then the Bears' defense blocked another chance by Sheeleigh in the 86th minute to hold on for the win.

Brown continues action next Sunday, October 24th, when it hosts Cornell in a 2:00 p.m. Ivy League contest. 

Pictured: Louisa Pitney '14. Photo by DSPics.net.