November 1, 2008

Cunningham Scores Game-Winning Goal in Overtime in 1-0 Victory over Penn

Nov. 1, 2008

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Providence, RI - The Brown women's soccer team (6-6-4, 2-3-1) snapped a two-game skid with a 1-0 overtime victory over Penn (8-5-3, 2-2-2) on Saturday evening in Philadelphia, eliminating the Quakers from the Ivy title race. Senior Lindsay Cunningham (Cumberland, RI) helped to lead the Bears, scoring the winning goal 5:54 into the first overtime, while junior Steffi Yellin (Savannah, GA) stopped all four shots she faced to earn her fifth career shutout.

The two teams played a relatively even game with Penn earning a slight advantage, 11-10, in shots on goal. However, it was all Penn in the beginning of the game, as the hosts held a 3-0 advantage in shots on goal until the 45th minute when junior Bridget Ballard (Los Angeles, CA) forced Penn keeper Sara Rose to make her first save of the game.

The second half was relatively equal, as Penn took six shots to Brown's five, but three of the Bears' were on goal, versus only two for the Quakers. Bruno seemed to have the better of the chances early in the half, but it was Penn that saw better opportunities towards the end of regulation, outshooting Brown, 4-1, in the final 15 minutes.

The Quakers nearly scored with just under 15 minutes left to play off a corner kick, but Natalie Capuano's header was kept out of the net by sophomore Sylvia Stone (Bronx, NY).

Both teams came out aggressive looking for a quick goal to end the game, as a player from each team was carded in the opening 24 seconds and then each team got one more foul before the fourth minute of overtime.

Cunningham ended the game for the Bears just before the 96th minute when she took a through-ball from Stone and beat Penn keeper Cailly Carroll into the left upper corner. It was her team-leading third game-winning goal of the season, as she now leads the team with 14 points (6g, 2a).

Yellin, who was starting for the first time this season, picked up her fifth career shutout with four saves, including snuffing out many golden opportunities for the Quakers.

The Bears return home next Saturday to host Yale in a 7:00 p.m. contest. The game marks senior night for the Class of 2008: Cunningham, Jamie Mize (Washington, DC), Alex Michael (Pacific Palisades, CA), Yeilani Figueroa (Mt. Vernon, NY), Emily Geldwert (Larchmont, NY), and Julie Wu (Tiburon, CA).