September 6, 2007

Bears Battle #10 Boston College in Season Opener but fall, 2-0

Sept. 6, 2007

Box Score

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown women's soccer team (0-1-0) opened its 2007 season with a hard-fought battle over 10th-ranked Boston College (2-0-0), but fell to the Eagles, the top-ranked team in the Northeast Region, by a 2-0 score.

The two teams played to a 0-0 tie in the first half with Brown's defense weathering the storm as Boston College outshot the Bears 14-6 in the first half, including a 6-1 margin in shots on goal.

After nearly five minutes of action in the midfield, with neither team dictating the flow of the game, BC had the first legitimate scoring threat with the first shot of the game. Sophomore Steffi Yellin (Savannah, GA) dove up in the air and got a fist on the ball to deflect it just out of harms way.

Brown's best chance of the half came minutes later when freshman Sylvia Stone (Bronx, NY) nearly beat the Boston College goalie to a loose ball in the box, but BC's Sarah Buonomo smothered the ball to keep Brown off the board.

Midway through the half, the Eagles fired three shots on net in a span of 59 seconds, but Yellin was up to the challenge, stopping all three to keep the game scoreless. Kia McNeill nearly gave BC a 1-0 lead late in the first half, but after she knocked the ball into the back of the net after it deflected off the cross-bar, she was called offsides and the goal was disallowed.

Boston College finally broke through in the 69th minute when Natalie Crutchfield deflected her shot from just outside the box off the crossbar and into the back of the net on a BC corner kick. Less than 20 minutes later at 85:13, the Eagles added their second goal on another corner kick as an Amy Caldwell cross found Caitlin Hiler on the far side and Hiler slipped the shot past Yellin, near post.

Freshman Kate Scott (Medway, MA), junior Emily Geldwert (Larchmont, NY), and senior Kate Ashforth (New Canaan, CT) led Brown with two shots each. Yellin, who made her first career start this evening, finished the game with a career-high 12 saves as the Bears were outshot, 24-11.

The Bears continue action on Tuesday, September 11, when they travel to Durham, NH to face New Hampshire at 4:00 p.m. Last season in Providence, Brown earned a 3-2 win over the Wildcats in the 2006 season opener.