Caruso Scores, Women’s Soccer Falls at Vermont in Overtime, 2-1

Caruso Scores, Women’s Soccer Falls at Vermont in Overtime, 2-1

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Junior forward Jennifer Caruso scored an equalizing goal in the 72nd minute, but the hosts scored 1:28 into overtime as Brown University women's soccer fell to the University of Vermont, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday afternoon at Virtue Field.

The Bears (3-1-0) trailed 1-0 at halftime after a penalty kick goal from the Catamounts (3-1-0) in the 28th minute but drew level in the second half before dropping the decision in the first overtime period.

Caruso (Brockton, Mass.) scored her first goal of the season and the second of her career. Sophomore midfielder Abby Carchio (Lakeville, Mass.) registered an assist on the play, her first of the season and the fourth of her career.

Brown created the better of the game's chances, holding advantages in shots (22-12), shots on goal (9-5), and corner kicks (8-6). The Bears outshot the Catamounts in both the first half (11-5) and second half (11-6) prior to the hosts registering the only shot of overtime.

Caruso brought life to the Bears at 71:19 in the second half, carrying the ball into the box and sliding a left-footed shot past a charging goalkeeper from outside the goal area. Junior Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) began the sequence sending a centering pass to Carchio who then found Caruso on the left wing.

Vermont registered the game's first goal from the penalty spot at 27:30 as Sarah Martin tucked a shot just to the left of Brown goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.), who placed a glove on the shot but could not keep the ball from crossing the end line.

The Catamounts won the game in the 92nd minute as Ella Bankert knocked home a cross from Julia Smith from the edge of the six-yard box at 91:28.

UVM goalkeeper Coco Speckmaier made eight saves in the win (3-1-0) while Etzel (3-1-0) stopped three shots on the other end.

Senior forward Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) led all players with four shots on goal.

Next, Brown hosts Providence College at Stevenson-Pincince Field on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7:00 p.m. (ILN). 

Game Notes:
Brown fell to 11-6-3 all-time vs. Vermont … The Bears moved to 2-1-0 in overtime games this season … Jennifer Caruso has tallied at least one point in three consecutive games … Abby Carchio has recorded at least one point in back-to-back games.

Video of all Brown women's soccer home contests and all Ivy League games, home and away, will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.

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