PROVIDENCE, RI – Despite outshooting Columbia (5-4-0, 2-0-0), 22-5 for the game and 15-0 in the second half, the Brown women's soccer team (6-3-0, 0-2-0) fell to the visiting Lions, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field. Columbia capitalized on what was essentially two set pieces four minutes apart in the middle of the first half and then held on in a second half largely controlled by the Bears to earn the Ivy win.
Columbia's Coleen Rizzo scored what would prove to be the deciding goal at 28:01 when she headed a cross from Isabel King to the far post from the left side of the box. The Lions doubled their lead just 4:01 later when a free kick from Maya Marder from 45 yards out was headed over the outstretched arms of junior goalie Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) by Beverly Leon.
Leon's shot would be the final Columbia shot allowed by the Bears' defense, but it was too late, as Brown couldn't connect on any of its chances and the Lions remained undefeated in League play.
The two teams traded shots through the first 22 minutes of play with each team taking three shots, two of which were on goal. The Lions had the first dangerous opportunity when Rizzo, standing in the center of the box, volleyed an Erin Falk cross from point-blank range at 15:14. However, Bledsoe was there for the save to keep the game scoreless.
Brown completely controlled the second half, outshooting Columbia, 15-0, and earning nine corner kicks to the Lions' one. On one dangerous sequence in the 61st minute, junior Maddie Wiener (Portland, OR) had a partially open net at which to shoot, following a Brown free kick. However, her shot went wide of the left post. Less than a minute later, Wiener fired a blast from about 20 yards out that had Columbia's Grace Redmon beat high. However, Redmon, listed at 6'2" was just able to deflect the ball over the crossbar, setting up one of Brown's nine second-half corners.
Junior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA) had a similar chance in the 74th minute deflected over the crossbar by Redmon.
With time winding down in the game, Brown continued to press for a goal, earning three corners and three shots in the final 10 minutes. But, Columbia held on, as the Bears dropped their second consecutive Ivy contest.
Bledsoe played the first complete game of her career and finished with two saves in 90 minutes, while Redmon recorded eight saves for the Lions. Brown continues action next Saturday when it travels to New Jersey to face Princeton in a 4:00 p.m. Ivy contest on October 6th.