October 12, 2013

Siegelman, Cross Lead Women’s Soccer Past Princeton, 2-0

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Mika Siegelman (Piedmont, Calif.) buried a penalty kick early in the second half and junior Chloe Cross (Seattle, Wash.) followed with an insurance goal as the Brown women's soccer team downed defending Ivy League champion Princeton, 2-0, Saturday afternoon at Stevenson Field.

Brown (7-2-1, 2-0-1 Ivy) remains unbeaten in Ivy League play and has not allowed a goal in the last six contests. Princeton drops to 4-4-3 overall and 0-3-0 in league play.

After a scoreless first half, Siegelman notched the first goal of the contest in the 65th minute. The captain maneuvered down the left side and split a pair of defenders, but was quickly tripped up in the box. She then buried the penalty kick in the bottom left of the net as it skipped past the reach of Princeton keeper Cecilia Di Caprio to give the home side the lead, 1-0.

Brown remained on the offensive following the go-ahead goal as Cross scored the insurance tally in the 78th minute. The junior gained possession of the ball at midfield on the right side and beat a defender to free up space. She then took the opportunity to launch a shot from about 20 yards out as the ball dropped over the head of Di Caprio for the 2-0 advantage. Junior Annie Gillen (San Clemente, Calif.) was also credited with an assist on the play.

Princeton refused to go down quietly and responded with a few late shots down the stretch, but senior keeper MC Barrett (Ithaca, N.Y.) turned away every bid to preserve the team's sixth straight shutout.

Barrett played the second half in net and made four saves, while fellow senior Amber Bledsoe (Cincinnati, Ohio) played the first half and made three stops. Di Caprio made four saves on the other end for the Tigers. The two teams were even in shots, 14-14, while Tigers held the edge in corner kicks, 4-2.

The Bears return to action on Saturday, Oct. 19 when they visit Harvard at 4 p.m.