Reilly’s First Career Goal Lifts Bears Past Liberty, 1-0, in Season Opener

LYNCHBURG, VA – Freshman Allie Reilly (Lawrenceville, NJ) scored her first career goal 5:23 into the second half to help lift the Brown women's soccer team (1-0-0) to a 1-0 win over Liberty during the opening day of the Liberty Invitational. The Bears also received strong goaltending from the sophomore duo of Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) and MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY), who combined for Brown's first shutout of the season.

Brown dominated the first half of play, outshooting the host Flames, 9-2, and forcing Liberty goalie Karen Blocker to make four of her seven saves during the opening 45 minutes.

However, it was not until the 51st minute that Brown would finally break through, as sophomore Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) collected a lose ball out of a pile and found Reilly for the Bears' first goal of the season.

Following the goal, Liberty pressed for the equalizer, but Barrett stopped the only shot she faced to keep the Flames off the board. The Bears also continued to attack the goal, taking three more dangerous shots, all of which were saved by Blocker.

Junior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) led Brown with three shots, all on goal, while Reilly and sophomores Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) and Kiersten Berg (Salt Lake City, UT) both had a pair of shots.

For the game, Brown earned 15 shots, while the Bears' defense limited Liberty to just five total shots. Each team earned one corner kick and committed six fouls. In addition to Reilly, freshmen Kirsten Belinsky (Los Altos, CA) and Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA) also made their collegiate debuts today. 

The Bears continue action on Sunday, September 4, when they face Coastal Carolina, in the final day of competition at the Liberty Invitational at 12:00 noon. Coastal Carolina dropped a 1-0 decision to Valparaiso in its first game of the Invitational.

Pictured: Allie Reilly '15.