Oct. 26, 2005
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown women's soccer team (5-8-2) dominated cross-town rival Providence (5-11-2) for 90:00, but came up one goal short in falling to the Friars, 2-1, on a windy night at Stevenson Field. The loss is the eighth one-goal loss of the season for the Bears, as all of their losses have been by just one goal.
After back-and-forth action during the first 25:00 of play, the Friars were the first to strike, taking a 1-0 lead at 28:15. PC's Ashley Amaral took a high shot on net from the left sideline that senior Hilary Wilson (Monterey, CA) saved. But, the rebound bounced out to Kelly Petersen, who walked the ball into the back of the net to give the Friars the one-goal advantage.
Less than three minutes earlier, at 25:49, Providence nearly took a 1-0 lead. However, after a turnover by a Brown defender in the box, Petersen's shot from point blank range was saved by Wilson to keep PC off the board.
The Bears tied the contest less than 10 minutes later, at 35:33, on freshman leading scorer Lindsay Cunningham's (Cumberland, RI) sixth goal of the year. From just outside the box, junior Jill Mansfield (East Windsor, NJ) passed the ball back to classmate Kathleen Waddell (Minnetonka, MN), who served the ball back into the box. Cunningham won the ball, chipped it over the goalie's head, and the ball bounced off the under-side of the crossbar and into the back of the net.
However, just 3:57 later, at 39:30, the Friars regained the one-goal advantage, when Erin Mastrodonato's low shot slid into the back of the net, past a diving Wilson. Her goal would prove to be the game-winner, despite several chances by the Brown offense, including a shot from senior Kim LaVere (Chatsworth, CA) that hit the crossbar just five minutes later.
The Bears also had two great scoring chances late in the game, but both shots went wide of the net.
Wilson recorded four saves in net for Brown, which continues action this Sunday, October 30, when it hosts Penn in a 1:00 p.m. contest. It is the final home game of the season, and the final home game for the seven members of the Class of 2006.