September 12, 2008

Hebert-Seropian's First Career Goal in Overtime Lifts Bears to 1-0 Upset Win over #11 Penn State

Sept. 12, 2008

Box Score

STORRS, CT - Freshman Sarah Hebert-Seropian's (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QUE) first career goal with 58 seconds left in the first overtime lifted the Brown women's soccer team (2-1-0) to a thrilling 1-0 upset over #11 Penn State. Junior Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) was outstanding in net and played a huge role in the victory, stopping a career-high 18 shots, including two in overtime, to record her fifth career shutout.

"This is probably the biggest win for our program since 1994 when Brown defeated Duke, 1-0, at Stevenson Field," said head coach Phil Pincince, now in his 32nd year. "Brenna had an unbelievable game tonight, coming up with several game-saving stops."

Hebert-Seropian scored on Brown's only shot of overtime, lobbing a shot from the left side that hit the crossbar and then bounced into the goal. Minutes before Hebert-Seropian's tally, Hogue kept the Nittany Lions out of the net, stopping Allie Daus in back-to-back one-on-one attempts just seven seconds apart.

Despite getting outshot for the game, 28-13, and 3-1 in overtime, the Bears' defensive core consisting of sophomores Kate Scott (Medway, MA) and Charlotte Rizzi (Bethesda, MD), and freshman Allison Kagawa (Mililani, HI), all of whom played the entire contest, helped to lift Brown to the win in round one action of the 2008 UConn Classic. In addition to helping to support Hogue in net and transitioning the ball up field, they were critical to the victory blocking three Penn State shots, including one in overtime.

Sophomore Sylvia Stone (Bronx, NY) led Brown with four shots, including two on goal, while senior Lindsay Cunningham (Cumberland, RI) had two shots to help pace the Bears' offense.

Playing the toughest two teams in the tournament based on national ranking, the Bears continue action at the UConn Classic on Sunday at 12:00 noon when they face #1 UCLA.