Women’s Soccer Opens 2013 Season Friday at Quinnipiac; Hosts St. John’s in Home Opener on Sunday

Women’s Soccer Opens 2013 Season Friday at Quinnipiac; Hosts St. John’s in Home Opener on Sunday

Match 1: Brown at Quinnipiac
Friday, Sept. 6 – 5 p.m.
Hamden, Conn.
QU Soccer Field 

Match 2: Brown vs. St. John's
Sunday, Sept. 8 – 1 p.m.
Providence, R.I.
Stevenson Field 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University women's soccer team is set to open its 2013 season this weekend when the Bears travel to Quinnipiac on Friday, Sept. 6 to face the Bobcats at 5 p.m. The Bears return home on Sunday, Sept. 8 for their home opener against St. John's in a 1 p.m. contest at Stevenson Field. Links to live video and live stats will be available at www.brownbears.com.

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The Bears welcome back 23 letterwinners from last year's squad, including eight seniors, and add six talented newcomers to the team. Additionally, the Bears return their top three scorers from the 2012 team that went 7-9-1 overall. Junior Chloe Cross (Seattle, Wash.) led the way last year with a team-high 10 points and five goals, while senior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, Calif.) and Louisa Pitney (Washington, D.C.) registered nine (3g, 3a) and six (2g, 2a) points, respectively. Siegelman was named First Team All-Ivy for her efforts, while junior Annie Gillen (San Clemente, Calif.) and senior Emily Wingrove (Westwood, Mass.) were named to the second team and senior Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, Ohio) notched honorable mention accolades. Gillen and Wingrove helped anchor a Brown defensive unit that posted a team goals against average of 1.10 and recorded seven shutouts during the year. 

Brown is 24-13-1 all-time in season openers, most recently earning a 3-0 win over at St. John's in the 2012 opening game. The Bears shutout the Red Storm on the road behind a stingy defensive effort. Bledsoe and senior MC Barrett (Ithaca, N.Y.) split time in net as each played a half to lead the Bears to the win. Bledsoe picked up the victory and Barrett racked up seven saves. 

Quinnipiac enters Friday's contest at 0-2 on the season after a pair of losses at Georgetown, 0-5, and home against Saint Joseph's by a 3-2 decision. Senior Aine McKeever leads the Bobcats with three points on one goal and one assist, while freshman Jessica Fontaine found the back of the net against Saint Joseph's and paces the club with four shots. Sophomore Natalie Grodzki has seen the most time in net for the Bobcats this season and has allowed seven goals to go along with nine stops. 

St. John's heads into the weekend with a perfect 4-0 start to the 2013 season and will play at Central Connecticut State on Friday night before heading to Providence on Sunday. The Red Storm opened with a 2-2 victory over Delaware and has since reeled off three straight shutouts, earning wins against Fordham, 5-0, at UMass, 1-0, and against North Dakota State, 5-0. Sophomore Rachel Daly leads the team in scoring with 16 points on six goals and two assists. Amy Marron is also in double figures with 11 points on three goals and a team-high five helpers. Diana Poulin has been impressive in goal for the Red Storm, allowing just one tally to go along with eight saves for all four wins. 

Brown is 29-8-1 in all-time home openers, most recently earning a 1-0 win over New Hampshire in the 2012 home opener. Brown has won its last three home openers as the Bears topped Providence in 2011 and Monmouth in 2010. 

After this weekend, the Bears remain home on Thursday, Sept. 12 when they play host to Northeastern for a 7 p.m. matchup at Stevenson Field.