Bears Battle #1 UCLA to 0-0 Tie Earning Second Straight Shutout of a Top-15 Team
Sept. 14, 2008
STORRS, CT - Junior tri-captain Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) turned in another spectacular performance in net to help lead the Brown women's soccer team (2-1-1) to a 0-0 tie with #1 UCLA (5-0-1) in the Bears' second game of the UConn Classic. In its previous five games entering today's contest against Brown, UCLA had outscored its opponents, 16-1 and had posted four straight shutouts. Hogue made 12 saves for Brown, which was outshot, 34-7, including a 12-3 margin in shots on goal, as Hogue and the Bears earned their second straight shutout against teams ranked in the national top-15.
"This is by far the biggest weekend of my coaching career," said Brown head coach Phil Pincince. "To play two teams ranked in the top 15 and come away with a win and a tie is unbelievable. The players left everything on the field this weekend and were rewarded. This was truly a special weekend."
The game was tough throughout with both Brown and UCLA battling not only each other, but also the elements. After playing through the first 45 minutes, which saw the Bruins doubling Brown up on shots, 8-4, UCLA picked up its tempo during the final 45 minutes and into overtime, outshooting the Bears, 26-3, over the final 65 minutes.
Hogue once again made several game-saving stops to keep UCLA out of the net, including a save on Christina DiMartino with just two seconds left in the first overtime. She recorded her 12th and final save less than two minutes into the second overtime, and the Bears were able to hold on for the final eight minutes and the tie.
Senior tri-captain Lindsay Cunningham (Cumberland, RI) led the Bears with four shots, including two on goal, while senior tri-captain Jamie Mize (Washington, DC), sophomore Kate Scott (Medway, MA), and freshman Marybeth Lesbirel (Holmdel, NJ) each recorded one shot.
Brown, which was on the defensive for much of the second half of the game, took its last shot, Lesbirel's, with 21:43 remaining in the game. In addition to Hogue, the Bears' defensive corps of Scott, sophomore Charlotte Rizzi (Bethesda, MD), and freshmen Allison Kagawa (Mililani, HI) and Joanna Price (San Juan Capistrano, CA) was instrumental to the win, blocking seven UCLA shots and forcing many others to go either high or wide.
The Bears escaped trouble in a span of 1:35 with less than 12 minutes remaining when the Bruins fired off four consecutive shots. Hogue saved the first two, the third hit the post, and the fourth went wide as Brown forced overtime.
For the game, UCLA also held an 11-1 advantage in corner kicks, while the fouls were relatively equal with the Bruins committing eight to Browns' seven.
Following the tournament, Hogue, junior Bridget Ballard (Los Angeles, CA), and freshman Sarah Hebert-Seropian (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QUE) were all named to the All-Tournament Team. Hogue was also named Tournament MVP, stopping all 30 shots she faced in two games and posting a 1-0-1 record.
The Bears continue action next weekend on the road when they travel to Minnesota to take on Minnesota (Friday 7:00 p.m. CT) and Wisconsin-Milwaukee (Sunday 10:30 a.m. CT) at the Minnesota Gold Classic.