September 12, 2013

Cross Lifts Women’s Soccer Past Northeastern, 2-1, in Overtime

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Erin Katz (Montgomery, Ala.) evened the score in the 79th minute of regulation and junior Chloe Cross (Seattle, Wash.) buried the game-winner midway through the first overtime period to lead the Brown women's soccer team to a comeback victory over Northeastern, 2-1, Thursday evening at Stevenson Field. 

With the win, Brown improves to 2-1-0 overall, while Northeastern drops to 0-5-2 on the season.

Northeastern jumped on the board in the 39th minute when Bianca Calderone fielded a ball through traffic off a corner kick and hit the bottom left corner of the net to give the Huskies the 1-0 lead. Kimberly Slade took the corner and was credited with an assist on the play.

Brown continued to attack throughout the second half, until Katz evened up the score with a tally at 78:25. After a Northeastern foul gave the Bears a free kick, Annie Gillen (San Clemente, Calif.) drove the ball to the far post, where Katz headed the pass into the top right corner and past the reach of Paige Burnett to even the score at 1-1.

The Bears held a 9-2 shot advantage in the second half, but could not tack on another late goal as the two teams went to overtime.

Despite solid play from both sides, the score remained deadlocked until the 96th minute when Cross scored the game winner. The play started when sophomore Charlotte Beach (New Haven, Conn.) sent a pass from midfield to Cross, who powered a shot from about 25 yards outs that dropped over the head of NU keeper Burnett for the win.

Senior Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, Ohio) played the first half in net for the Bears and made two saves, before giving way to fellow senior MC Barrett (Ithaca, N.Y.) for the remainder of the game. Cross logged a team-high six shots for the Bears, while Katz and senior Maddie Wiener (Portland, Ore.) registered two shots apiece. Brown outshot the Huskies by a margin of 17-9.

The Bears return to action on Sunday, Sept. 15 when they visit Central Florida at 1 p.m.