PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior midfielder Celia Story scored in the first half, and senior forward Mikela Waldman netted a goal in the second half to lift Brown University women's soccer to a 2-1 win over Lafayette College on Sunday afternoon at Stevenson-Pincince Field.
The Bears (4-2-0) scored in the 8th minute and in the 53rd minute to gain a 2-0 lead and held off a rally from the visiting Leopards (2-3-1) in the final 15 minutes.
"We had a lot of good opportunities on goal," Brown head coach Kia McNeill said. "I wish that we put a few more away, but I think that it's a good sign. We'll work this week to be more efficient in front of net, but the good thing is that the chances are coming. We are just trying to build and get better every game."
Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) tallied a match-high three points on her 53rd minute goal – her fifth goal on the year – and an assist while Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) netted her third goal of the season in the 8th minute.
In net, junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) made one save in the win (4-2-0), notching her 20th career victory.
The Bears opened the game's scoring at 7:04 as Story finished off a cross from the edge of the goal area. Carchio started the play, sending a pass to Waldman who carried the ball along the right wing before finding Story.
Brown upped its advantage to 2-0 at the 52:43 mark as Waldman directed a cross into the back of the net from inside the six-yard box. White initiated the action, working the ball to Caruso who brought the ball down the left sideline before driving a cross into Waldman.
The Leopards cut their deficit to 2-1 in the 77th minute at 76:38 as Alexa Buffa slotted a shot into the goal on a one-on-one after Katie Brannigan received a feed from Rebecca Schreiner and played a through ball onto a charging Buffa.
The Bears nearly took a 3-0 lead in the 75th minute as a shot from freshman forward Zeinab Kante (Dallas, Texas) inside the goal area ricocheted off the crossbar.
For the match, Brown held advantages in shots (21-8), shots on goal (9-2), and corner kicks (10-3).
Lafayette goalkeeper Maggie Pohl took the loss (1-3-0), turning aside three shots in the first half. Kelly O'Brien stopped four shots in the second half.
Next, Brown plays at Massachusetts on Sept. 14 at 4:00 p.m. (A-10 Network) before hosting Central Connecticut State on Sept. 17 at 3:00 p.m. (ILN).
Brown improved to 4-0-0 all-time vs. Lafayette … The Bears have earned points in 21 of their last 25 matches dating back to 2015 … Mikela Waldman posted her 10th career goal and ninth career assist. She has scored five goals through six games this year after entering the year with five goals … Waldman tallied her second game-winning goal of the season and the fourth of her career … Celia Story scored her ninth career goal … Jennifer Caruso tallied her fourth assist of the season and the sixth of her career. She has posted a point in four of her last five games … Star White registered her third assist of the season and has tallied a point in four of six games to open her rookie season … Abby Carchio notched her second assist of the season and the fifth of her career. She has charted a point in three of her four games played this season.
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