ITHACA, N.Y. – Freshman Celia Story scored the game-tying goal in the 65th minute and netted the game winner in the 105th minute as Brown University women's soccer came back to defeat Cornell University in double overtime, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at Berman Field.
The Bears (5-7-2, 1-3-1 Ivy) rallied from a 2-0 deficit to edge the host Big Red (9-2-4, 2-2-1 Ivy) – a side, which had allowed just three goals in their first 14 matches. Brown became just the second team this season, alongside Harvard, to score a goal against Cornell in the run of play.
On the game's decisive play, junior Sydney Calas (Bethesda, Md.) played a ball into the box from the right side where junior Carly Gould (Hampton Falls, N.H.) placed a header on frame. An opportunistic Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) then finished off the rebound in the goal area after a save from the keeper to give the Bears the sudden victory.
After falling behind 2-0 early in the second half, the Bears notched back-to-back goals in the 63rd and 65th minutes to level the score behind goals from Gould and Story respectively.
On the visitors' first goal, senior Charlotte Beach (New Haven, Conn.) played a ball out wide to junior Jaclyn Alois (Andover, Mass.) who sent a ball into the penalty area. Freshman Amanda Lane (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) kept the play alive, and sophomore Mikela Waldman (Hampton Falls, N.H.) then fed Gould who placed a strike into the left side netting from the right side of the box.
Story found the equalizer less than two minutes later as she tapped home a ball in the goal area with freshman Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.) providing complementary pressure on the play.
Cornell took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute as Charlotte Tate converted on a shot in the mixer after a Big Red corner kick. The hosts doubled their lead to 2-0 in the 47th minute as Paige DeLoach directed a volley into the back of the net from the edge of the goal area off a cross from the left wing.
Brown nearly won the game in regulation, creating several chances inside the final 10 minutes of the second half. In the 81st minute, a shot from Story required an extended save, and in the next minute a shot from senior Erin Katz (Montgomery, Ala.) went over the bar. Story placed another shot on target in the 86th minute, and a 90th-minute bid from Calas glanced off the woodwork.
Brown freshman goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) and Cornell net-minder Kelsey Tierney each made six saves in the match.
Next, Brown will play its home finale on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. when the Bears host Penn. As part of the contest, the Bears will honor their six seniors and celebrate head coach Phil Pincince in his final home game after 39 years as the leader of the Bears.
Brown improved to 6-0-1 in its last seven meetings with Cornell; the Bears also beat the Big Red 3-2 in double overtime in 2013 … The Bears became the second team this season to score a goal in the second half or overtime against the Big Red … Brown placed nine shots on goal in the match, the highest total allowed by Cornell this season … Carly Gould scored for the second time in her career against Cornell; she also scored a goal against the Big Red in 2014 … With a goal and an assist, Gould increased her team leads in goals (five) and points (12) … Celia Story netted the second and third goals of her career.
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