Sept. 15, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown junior goalkeeper Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA), back this season after missing all of last year with a knee injury, has been named the Ivy League Player of the Week, while freshman midfielder Sarah Hebert-Seropian (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QUE) has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, as the duo helped to lead Brown to its biggest weekend with a 1-0 upset over #11 Penn State in overtime and a 0-0 tie with #1 UCLA. Both were named to the UConn Classic All-Tournament Team, while Hogue was the Tournament MVP.
A tri-captain for the Bears, Hogue has a spectacular weekend in net, stopping all 30 shots she faced in the two games, earning her first two shutouts of the season and the fifth and sixth of her career. On Friday against Penn State, Hogue made a career-high 18 saves, eight more than her previous career-high, including back-to-back stops on a one-v-one breakaway against the Nittany Lions' Danielle Toney, Penn State's leading scorer with 11 points, in the first overtime and just minutes before Brown's goal. The next day against the #1 team in the nation, Hogue was again unbeatable, recording 12 saves, as the Bears were outshot, 34-7, including a 26-3 margin over the final 65 minutes of play. Hogue once again made several game-saving stops, including one with just two seconds left in the first overtime and then another early in the second overtime, after recording seven saves in the second half. Entering the Brown game, UCLA had posted four straight shutouts and had outscored its opposition, 16-1, on the season. The Brown game was also the first time UCLA was kept off the scoreboard in 25 matches. Hogue, who currently leads the Ivy League with 47 saves (11.75 per game), lowered her goals against average to 0.95, second in the League, and raised her save percentage to a League-leading .922.
Hebert-Seropian was vital to the Bears' success this weekend, scoring the game-winning goal against the Nittany Lions with 58 seconds left in the first overtime, while helping to control Brown's midfield in both contests. She has started all four games on the season and played every minute of both games over the weekend, driving the ball from outside the 18-yard box and over the outstretched hands of Penn State All-American keeper Alyssa Naeher for her first career goal and the Brown victory.
The Bears are back in action this weekend when they travel to Minnesota to take part in the Minnesota Gold Classic, where they will face two more tough opponents in the host Golden Gophers, currently 8-0-0, and #24 Wisconsin-Milwaukee, currently 6-1-1.