Sept. 21, 2008
ST. PAUL, MN - The 21st-ranked Brown women's soccer team (2-2-2) battled Wisconsin-Milwaukee (7-1-2) to a 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon in the Bears' final game at the Minnesota Gold Classic. Brown finishes the weekend with a 0-1-1 mark, following Friday's 2-0 loss to unbeaten Minnesota, which defeated Boston University, 1-0, in the final game of the classic.
The four results from this weekend should have national implications, as all four teams entered the weekend receiving votes in the latest NSCAA/adidas poll. Brown had 51 votes (28th), Boston University had 42 votes (30th), while Milwaukee (32nd with 27 votes), which had just fallen out of the national top-25, and Minnesota (33rd with 26 votes) were close behind.
Despite getting outshot for the game, 27-15, and out corner-kicked, 14-4, the Bears took a 1-0 lead on a corner kick, taken by sophomore Sylvia Stone (Bronx, NY) in the 16th minute. After Milwaukee failed to clear the ball following the corner, Brown had a few chances to score and were finally rewarded when junior Melissa Kim (Bethesda, MD) headed the ball past Erin Kane for the 1-0 lead at 15:32.
However, the Panthers tied the game less than 15 minutes later on a corner kick of their own. Nicole Sperl sent the ball in to the near post where Sarah Teegarden headed the ball past junior Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) to tie the contest at 1-1, which is how it remained entering the break.
Milwaukee then grabbed a 2-1 lead when Kate Megna struck a Brown clear attempt just 8:11 after halftime. After another Panthers' corner kick, the Bears were able to clear the ball out of immediate danger. However, Megna was there to send the ball back into the box and over Hogue's outstretched arms.
Less than 10 minutes later, though, senior Lindsay Cunningham (Cumberland, RI) tied the game for the Bears off a cross from junior Bridget Ballard (Los Angeles, CA). Ballard sent a well-placed cross to the middle of the box, forcing Kane to come off her line. Cunningham was able to beat the Milwaukee keeper to the ball and get her head on it to knot the score at 2-2.
The Bears caught a break in the 78th minute when a shot from Sarah Hagen, who has 10 goals on the season, hit the cross bar.
Both teams had chances in the overtime with Kane stopping a Bears' shot in the 103rd minute and Hogue, who finished with five saves, recording two diving stops to keep the game tied.
Minnesota won the Classic, finishing 2-0-0 with a pair of shutout victories. Milwaukee was second with a 1-0-1 record, while Brown took third with a 0-1-1 mark. Boston University rounded out the field with a 0-2-0 record. Following Sunday's conclusion, Cunningham and Hogue were both named to the Minnesota Gold Classic All-Tournament Team.
The Bears continue their stretch of six straight road games on Wednesday evening when they travel to Boston to face BU, which also returns from Minnesota, in a 7:00 p.m. game.