Yale Scores in Final Minutes to Earn 2-1 Victory over Bears in Season Finale
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown women's soccer team (7-6-4, 1-4-2) suffered its first home loss of the year in the season finale, as Yale earned a 2-1 win on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. The two teams traded goals in the first half and remained tied at 1-1 through most of the second half until the Bulldogs broke through for the game-winner with just 2:38 left in regulation.
The game opened with back-and-forth action in the midfield, before Brown finally got off a pair of shots in the ninth minute, including a chance by senior Gina Walker (Canyon Country, CA) that Yale goalie Ayana Sumiyasu saved.
The Bulldogs gained possession following the save and Becky Brown served a perfect through ball to Kristen Foster in the middle of the box. Foster ran onto the ball and hit the far corner of the net for the 1-0 lead just 9:10 into the game.
Neither team recorded a stat for nearly the next eight minutes, until the Bears earned their first corner kick of the afternoon at 16:59. Sophomore Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) nearly tied the score, but her header from 10 yards out hit the cross bar and Yale regained possession.
However, just six minutes later, on their second corner of the day, the Bears did tie the score. Junior Gloria Chun (Irvine, CA) served a perfect ball into the box that deflected off the Yale goalie and right to the head of Walker and then to junior Sarah Hebert-Seropian (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QUE), who headed the ball over the outstretched arms of Sumiyasu for her first goal of the season.
Both teams picked up the intensity during the final 20 minutes of the half, but neither team could pull ahead and the teams went into the break still tied at 1-1.
Brown outshot its visitors, 10-3, during the final 45 minutes of play, but failed to capitalize on its opportunities and with just 2:38 remaining, Enma Mullo found Mary Kubluk, who beat freshman MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) with a shot to the left post, lifting Yale to the win.
Barrett recorded one save in the second half, while classmate Amber Bledsoe (Withamsville, OH) had one in the first half. This afternoon's game marked the final career contest for the Bears' five seniors; Walker, Joyce Chun (Irvine, CA), Katie Gannett (Chicago, IL), Erika Lum (Hawaii-Kai, HI), and Charlotte Rizzi (Bethesda, MD).
Pictured: Sarah Hebert Seropian '12. Photo by DSPics.net.