PROVIDENCE, RI – Freshman Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA) scored a hat trick, while junior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) added a pair as the Brown women's soccer team (8-3-1) cruised to a 5-1 win over visiting Francis Marion (3-10-1) on Wednesday evening at Stevenson Field. Marshall also added a pair of assists for a six-point night, while freshman Allie Reilly (Lawrenceville, NJ) tallied two assists as well. Originally scheduled for a 4:00 start, the two teams sat through a three-hour delay due to a mix up in the scheduling of officials, as kickoff was pushed to 7:00.
Despite the delay, the Bears opened the scoring just 14:34 into the game with Marshall's first of the evening. With Francis Marion attempting to clear the ball out of their defensive end, sophomore Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) stepped in to intercept the ball just outside of the box. She held the ball for a second, before crossing it over to the left side of the box, where it was met by Marshall, who shot to the right corner, past a diving Lauren Vetock.
Just seven minutes later, Marshall helped to double Brown's lead, setting up Cross' first of the game. After collecting the ball on the left wing from sophomore Kiersten Berg (Salt Lake City, UT), Marshall looked to pass back to Berg in the middle. However, the ball took an odd bounce and after the Patriots' defense missed a clearing attempt, Cross came in and fired a hard shot to the left corner for her second of the year at 26:57.
Cross increased Brown's lead to 3-0 at 26:57 beating Vetock on a one-on-one chance from the right side. Senior Gloria Chun (Irvine, CA) sent a beautiful ball up the right side to Cross, who got behind the defense, pulling Vetock out of the net. Vetock went to play the ball, but Cross made a move to her left to get around the goalie and fired the ball into the vacated net for her second of the game.
After getting outshot, 15-1, in the first 45 minutes, Francis Marion attacked the goal right away, forcing sophomore MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) to make a save just 58 seconds into the half. However, Brown continued to roll, scoring back-to-back goals in a span of 62 seconds, one each by Marshall and Cross. Marshall increased the Bears' lead to 4-0 when she collected the ball from Reilly at the top of the box, got around Vetock and shot behind her. Sophomore Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) also assisted on the goal, which was scored at 52:01.
Marshall and Cross combined for the Bears' fifth goal at 53:03 with help from Reilly. Reilly sent a diagonal ball through the box from the right side to Marshall at the left post. Marshall's shot to the far corner appeared to be headed just wide, but Cross ran into the play and fired the ball back to the left corner to complete her hat trick.
Marshall nearly matched Cross' hat trick just five minutes later, but her header attempt from six yards out was just high.
With the score still 5-0 in favor of Brown, Francis Marion had a dangerous sequence in the final six minutes, taking four shots during this span. After Sandy Odembo's shot from the left side glanced off the head of a Bears' defender, Casey Schifano stepped in and sent the ball back on cage. Freshman Mallory Yant (Fenton, MO), who replaced Barrett in net with 10:15 remaining in the game, dove to make the save at the right post, but the ball deflected off her fingertips, before bouncing off the near post and in.
In addition to Yant, freshman Jenn Casey (St. Petersburg, FL) also made her career debut.
Overall Brown held a 28-10 advantage in shots and a 6-1 lead in corner kicks. Sophomore Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) didn't face a shot in the first half, while Barrett made three saves in 34:45, before giving way to Yant, who recorded one save.
Brown returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Harvard for a 1:00 p.m. Ivy League contest. The game is the first of three straight on the road, as the Bears' next home game is October 29th against Penn.
Pictured: Eliza Marshall '13. Photo by DSPics.net.