October 13, 2012

Women's Soccer Hosts Harvard Saturday

The Brown women's soccer team (6-5, 0-3) hosts Harvard (5-3-3, 1-1-1) on Saturday afternoon in the second of three straight games at Stevenson Field. The Bears are coming off Tuesday's 1-0 loss to Dartmouth in a non-league game and continue to look for their first Conference victory of the season.

Brown fans who aren't able to be in Providence can follow the action on live video ($$), live audio (free) and live stats (free). Links to all three are available on the women's soccer schedule on Brownbears.com.

Brown vs HARVARD
Series Record:
Harvard, 21-20-3 (first meeting – 1977)
Last Brown Win:
2-1 (2010)
Last Harvard Win:
2-1 (2011)
Last Tie:
0-0 (2005)

About Brown: The Bears' offensive efforts are lead by sophomore Chloe Cross (Seattle, WA) and junior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, CA), as the two combine for just under half of the team's points. Cross has registered eight points on the season, all goals, while Siegelman accounts for seven points, contributing three goals and one assist. Senior Eliza Marshall (North Andover, MA) and junior Louisa Pitney (Washington, D.C.) have each netted a goal and tallied two assists. Six additional Bears have added points, with Emily Wingrove (Westwood, MA) and Diana Ohrt (Simi Valley, CA) each scoring one goal, and Alison Mullin (Boulder, CO) notching two assists. After scoring at least once in their first eight outings, the Bears have been dormant for the past two games, scoring their last goal in a 2-1 loss to Dartmouth on September 23rd. Defensively, the duo of Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, OH) and MC Barrett (Ithaca, NY) remain solid, splitting time in 10 of the 11 games Brown has played. Bledsoe has started all 11 games and leads the Bears with a 0.67 goals against average and a .867 save percentage. Barrett has played in 10 games and has a 1.20 goals against average with a .850 save percentage.

Last time vs. Harvard: In last year's meeting, Brown's Kiersten Berg '14 (Salt Lake City, UT) put away a cross from Eliza Marshall '13 (North Andover, MA) to give the Bears a 1-0 lead just 15:30 into the game. However, Harvard would score twice in a span of five minutes early in the second half to come back for a 2-1 win. Melanie Baskind scored an unassisted goal at 58:14 and Mai Le added the game-winner just 5:18 later. The Bears held an 18-10 advantage in shots, including a 14-4 margin in the second half, and earned five corner kicks to Harvard's three. Amber Bledsoe '14 (Cincinnati, OH) stopped two shots in the first half, while Bethany Kanten recorded nine saves for the Crimson.  

About Harvard: Peyton Johnson paces Harvard with five assists, nine points and 19 shots on goal, while Meg Casscells-Hamby and Taryn Kurcz are tied for the team lead with three goals apiece. Elizabeth Weisman and Emily Mosbacher have also contributed to Harvard's offense, tallying two goals each. In net, Bethany Kanten stands at 4-3-3 with three shutouts, 38 saves and a 1.34 goals-against average. Kanten also has a .745 save percentage and has started 10 of Harvard's 11 games. Opponents are outscoring the Crimson, 17-16, but Harvard owns an advantage in shots, 199-152, and in corner kicks, 57-45.

Up Next: After Saturday's conference game against Harvard, Brown will host Cornell in a 3:00 p.m. contest on Sunday, October 21st.