PROVIDENCE, RI - After playing three straight contests away from Stevenson Field, the Bears return home to host Sacred Heart on Sunday afternoon at 4:00. Brown has won back-to-back games, defeating both Vermont and Northeastern, 1-0. Junior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) scored the game-winner in both games and has now scored the deciding goal in three contests this season, all 1-0 wins. Junior goalies MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) and Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) combined for six saves in the pair of wins last week, helping Brown earn its third and fourth shutouts of the year.
Donations will be collected at Sunday's game against the Pioneers to benefit the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. Any attendee who brings a canned food item to the game will receive one free admission.
Brown fans not making the trip to Providence can follow the action on live audio or live stats (both free). Links are available on the women's soccer schedule on Brownbears.com or can be found below.
ABOUT BROWN: The Bears are currently led by sophomore Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA) and junior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA), who both have six points (3g) on the season. Junior Louisa Pitney (Washington, DC) is third on the team with four points (1g, 2a) and shares the team lead in assists with junior Alison Mullin (Boulder, CO). Senior captain Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) has also scored this year and is fourth on the team with three points (1g, 1a). Junior Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) has started all five games in net and has earned a 0.40 GAA and a .889 save percentage, stopping eight of nine shots. Classmate MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) has played the second half of each contest and has posted a 0.80 GAA with a .900 save percentage, recording 18 saves on 20 shots. The duo has combined to shutout four of Brown's five opponents. Through five games, Brown has played 25 members of the team, including seven freshmen, who have made their collegiate debuts.
LAST TIME VS. SACRED HEART: The Pioneers handed Brown its first loss of the 2011 season in last year's meeting, winning a 3-2 game in Providence. After falling behind, 2-0, the Bears received goals from Kiersten Berg '14 (Salt Lake City, UT) and Alison Mullin '14 (Boulder, CO) to tie the game at 2-2 just 2:48 into the second half. However, Sacred Heart would regain its lead less than five minutes later and hold on for the 3-2 victory, which dropped Brown's record at the time to 4-1-1. The Bears held a 14-10 advantage in shots and a 5-2 lead in corner kicks. Amber Bledsoe '14 (Cincinnati, OH) and MC Barrett '14 (Ithaca, NY) combined for three saves. Amanda Stiles scored twice for the visitors, including the game's first goal on a penalty kick, while Talia Schwartz made four saves in the Sacred Heart net.
ABOUT SACRED HEART: The Pioneers are 3-4 on the season and enter Sunday's game at Brown following a 2-1 win at Cornell on Friday night. After opening the year with losses to Utah Valley (3-2) and Hawaii (2-1) in Hawaii, Sacred Heart picked up a pair of home wins against Lafayette (2-1) and Manhattan (2-1). The Pioneers are in the midst of a stretch of four straight games against Ivy League teams, all on the road, having lost to Yale, 3-0, and Columbia, 2-0, before Friday's win over the Big Red. Sacred Heart is led by Jennifer Mulvey, who has 8 points (4g), while Ashley Moore adds 4 points (2g), Jaclyn Delucia (1g,1a) and Kristen Verrette (3a) both have three points, while Alyssa Brandofino and Dana Cosmedy have also scored this season. Goalies Sydney Judkins and Talia Schwartz have split time in net, as both have appeared in all seven games. Judkins leads the team with a 1.14 GAA and a .765 save percentage, while Schwartz has a 2.57 GAA and a .690 save percentage.
UP NEXT: Brown hosts UMass on Thursday, September 20th in a 4:00 p.m. contest at Stevenson Field. UMass will serve as Brown's final opponent outside of the Ivy League, as the Bears will close their 2012 schedule by playing 10 straight games against teams from the Ancient Eight. In addition to the seven League contests, Brown will play Harvard, Dartmouth and Yale in a non-league game.