Bears Open Home Slate Wednesday Night Against Cross-Town Rival Providence
Fresh off a 2-0 weekend at the Liberty Invitational, the Brown women's soccer team hosts cross-town rival Providence College in its home opener Wednesday evening at Stevenson Field. The Bears hold a 19-4-0 record all-time against the Friars, though the two teams have not played each other since the 2005 season when Providence earned a 2-1 win.
Brown fans not making the trip to Providence can follow the action on livestats and live audio free of charge. Live video will also be available for a fee of $8.00. Links are available on women's soccer schedule on Brownbears.com or can be found below.
ABOUT BROWN: The Bears enter Wednesday's game following a 2-0 weekend at the Liberty Invitational, which saw them defeat the host Flames, 1-0, and then earn a 3-1 victory over Coastal Carolina to claim the Tournament Championship. Freshman Allie Reilly (Lawrenceville, NJ), who scored her first career goal against Liberty, was named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week. In addition to Reilly, two other members of the Class of 2015 made their collegiate debut against Liberty, including Kirsten Belinsky (Los Altos, CA) and Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA). Junior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) and Kiersten Berg (Salt Lake City, UT) both had four points over the weekend, as Marshall scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, against Coastal Carolina, and Berg had a goal against CC and one assist in each game. Senior Marybeth Lesbirel (Holmdel, NJ), junior Diana Ohrt (Simi Valley, CA), and sophomore Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) all earned their first points of the season with one assist each over the weekend. Sophomore Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) started both games in net and stopped all five shots she faced in the two games. Classmate MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) played the second half of both games and recorded four saves, including three against Coastal Carolina.
ABOUT PROVIDENCE: The Friars are coming off an 0-1-1 weekend after falling to Central Connecticut State, 2-1, and tying Yale, 0-0, in the Yale Tournament. After opening their season with three straight ties, 2-2 to Bryant, 2-2 at Davidson, and 0-0 at Charlotte, Providence earned its first victory a week ago with a 5-0 shutout against Holy Cross. Senior Courtney Collins currently leads the Friars with 7 points (3g, 1a), while junior Mary Vercollone has posted 6 points (2g, 2a). Two other players, senior Laura DiClemente and senior Taylor Bartini have also scored two goals already, while four other players have posted at least one point. Senior goalie Caitlin Walker has seen the majority of time in net, starting all six games, and posting a .700 save percentage and 0.91 goals against average. She has stopped 14 of 20 shots and has earned two shutouts. Freshman Jessica Goudreault has played in eight-and-a-half minutes of relief, but did not face a single shot.
Pictured: Louisa Pitney '14. Photo by DSPics.net.