Sept. 17, 2006
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown women's soccer team (4-1-2) won its second straight game on Sunday afternoon, posting a 3-1 victory over Sacred Heart (0-8-0) in a Northeast Regional contest at Stevenson Field. After a scoreless first half, the Bears fell behind, 1-0, on the Pioneers' first goal of the season, but three Brown goals in a span of 4:22 ensured Bruno's fourth victory of the year.
Coming off Friday night's huge upset win over #13 Boston College, Brown's first victory over the Eagles since 1996, the Bears failed to generate any scoring in the first half, despite holding a 16-2 advantage in shots. Senior Jill Mansfield (East Windsor, NJ) nearly gave Brown a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute, but her shot from the right wing, headed for the far corner of the net, just missed going in as it hit the left post.
With the two teams still knotted at 0-0 at the start of the second half, Brown pressured the Sacred Heart defense to start the second, but again, couldn't find the back of the net. After a missed opportunity on a Brown free kick, the Pioneers countered, and were awarded their only corner kick of the game in the 56th minute. Lisa Burbige served a perfect ball into the box, and Alyssa Long headed it past Brown freshman Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) to give Sacred Heart a 1-0 lead.
However, the goal ignited Brown's attack, which came alive when Mansfield, who led Brown with a game-high nine shots, re-entered the game in the 66th minute. Just 32 seconds after coming back into the contest, Mansfield tallied her first of two assists when she crossed the ball into the box from the right wing. Freshman Melissa Kim (Bethesda, MD) one-timed the ball into the top of the net to tie the game, 1-1, at 66:20.
Just 59 seconds later, Moos was the beneficiary of another Mansfield cross, as the senior leading scorer headed the ball past Ashley Mocarski at 67:19, giving Brown a lead it would not relinquish, 2-1. Moos provided some insurance for the Bears 3:23 later with her second goal of the day off a feed from sophomore Lindsay Cunningham (Cumberland, RI).
Brown dominated the game, with a 31-5 margin in shots and a 12-1 advantage in corner kicks. Mocarski recorded 12 saves for Sacred Heart, while Hogue picked up the win with three stops in the Brown net. The Bears return to action on Wednesday evening, September 20, when they host Maine in a 7:00 p.m. contest at Stevenson Field.