PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University women's soccer continues Ivy League play at Harvard University on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Ohiri Field in a match-up that features two teams currently tied in the league standings.
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Brown trails Harvard in the all-time series between the two teams, 20-28-4. Last year the two sides battled to a 1-1 (2OT) draw with goalkeeper Christine Etzel '19 (Madison, Conn.) making a career-high 14 saves. Prior to last season's draw, the Crimson had won the last seven match-ups in the series, with the Bears last emerging with a victory on Oct. 16, 2010.
Brown junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) has started in 43 of the Bears' last 44 contests and will likely see a familiar face in the opposite goal on Saturday as her twin sister, Danielle Etzel, has made 11 starts for Harvard in goal this season. If both sisters play for their respective teams, they will square off with one another for the first time in their collegiate careers.
THE OPENING WEEKS OF IVY PLAY
Brown won its Ivy League opener with a 1-0 (OT) victory over Dartmouth on Sept. 24 as freshman forward Star White (Norfolk, Va.) scored the game winner in overtime. The Bears fell at Columbia 1-0 in overtime on Sept. 30 prior to dropping a 2-1 decision to No. 11 Princeton on Oct. 7 despite a 10th-minute goal from junior forward Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.).
Entering the week, Brown ranks sixth in the NCAA in corner kicks per game (7.75). The Bears have registered double-figure corner kicks in each of four matches this season. Brown also stands among national leaders in assists per game (18th, 2.33), shots on goal per game (42nd, 7.50), points per game (45th, 5.83), and shots per game (51st, 16.17).
WALDMAN PUSHES CONFERENCE PACE
Senior forward Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) ranks third in the Ivy League in points (18), fourth in goals (seven), fifth in assists (four), and first in game-winning goals (four). In the NCAA rankings, she stands 13th in game-winning goals (four), 47th in points per game (1.50), and 62nd in goals per game (0.58). She scored the game-winnining goals in wins at Massachusetts (Sept. 14) and vs. Sacred Heart (Sept. 20) and posted two assists in a 2-0 win over CCSU (Sept. 17). Waldman netted her first career hat trick in a 4-0 win at Hartford on Aug. 31. She recorded her second game-winning goal of the season in a 2-1 win against Lafayette on Sept. 10. She netted a goal in the Bears' 3-2 (2OT) win at Rhode Island on Aug. 27 and scored in back-to-back games for the first time in her career with her hat trick against the Hawks in her next outing. Waldman has tallied seven goals and 18 points this season after posting five goals and 18 points over her first three seasons combined.
Freshman forward Star White (Norfolk, Va.) ranks seventh in the Ivy League and first among first-year student-athletes with 14 points and has tallied a point in seven of her last eight games. She leads the conference with six assists and has added four goals. She scored the overtime, game-winning goal in her Ivy debut vs. Dartmouth (Sept. 24) after netting her first career game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over CCSU (Sept. 17). She made an immediate impact in her collegiate debut, notching a goal and an assist in Brown's 2-1 (OT) victory over Maine. She brought new life to the Bears when she found the equalizer in the 82nd minute prior to assisting on the golden goal in the 98th minute. She scored her second collegiate goal vs. Providence on Sept. 7 and tallied one assist apiece against Hartford (Aug. 31), Lafayette (Sept. 10), Massachusetts (Sept. 14), Sacred Heart (Sept. 20), and Princeton (Oct. 7).
Junior midfielder Celia Story (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) ranks ninth in the Ivy League with 12 points and fifth in the league with four assists to go along with four goals. She notched the assist on the game winner vs. Dartmouth (Sept. 24) and posted a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over CCSU (Sept. 17). She scored twice in the Bears' win over Rhode Island on Aug. 27, driving the game-winning penalty kick into the back of the net in the 104th minute, prior to netting a first-half goal in a 2-1 win vs. Lafayette on Sept. 10. Against the Rams, she scored two goals in a game for the second time in her career after accomplishing the feat in a 3-2 (2OT) win at Cornell on October 24, 2015.
CARUSO COMPILES POINTS
Junior forward Jennifer Caruso (Brockton, Mass.) ranks fifth in the Ivy League with four assists on the year. Caruso netted a goal in the 10th minute against Princeton (Oct. 7) for her second career goal against the Tigers. She scored the second goal of her career at Vermont on Sept. 2, netting an equalizer in the 72nd minute. Caruso posted her first career multi-assist game with two helpers in a 4-0 win at Hartford on Aug. 31. She added an assist in a 2-1 win over Lafayette on Sept. 10 and in a 3-2 (2OT) victory over Rhode Island on Aug. 27. She has posted eight points this year after recording four points over her first two seasons.
CARCHIO IN THE MIDFIELD
Sophomore midfielder Abby Carchio (Lakeville, Mass.) has tallied seven points on two goals and three assists on the season. Carchio totaled a goal and an assist in a 2-1 win over Sacred Heart (Sept. 20). She scored her first goal of the year in a 4-0 win at Hartford on Aug. 31. Carchio tallied one assist apiece at Vermont on Sept. 2 and in a 2-1 win over Lafayette on Sept. 10. She has seven points in 2017 after compiling five points as a rookie.
ETZEL AS THE BACKSTOP
Junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) has tallied eight wins thus far this season and now has 24 career wins, putting her in fourth place on Brown's career wins list. She has posted two shutouts this year and has 16 career clean sheets – tied for third best at Brown all-time. This fall Etzel has recorded a 1.14 GAA and .770 save percentage. Etzel returns in goal after earning 2016 Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors. As a sophomore, she ranked second in the NCAA in save percentage (0.921), fourth in GAA (0.361), and 13th in shutouts (10) at the end of the regular season.
Brown has played in five overtime matches this season, notching a 3-2-0 record in those contests. The three overtime wins match a program record set in 2008. The Bears have now notched two or more overtime wins in a season eight times. The club won back-to-back games in overtime to open a season for the first time in program history. The team has tallied consecutive overtime wins in two other seasons – 1993 and 2008.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
Harvard enters the week with a 7-5-0 overall record and a 1-2-0 Ivy League mark and will face Boston University on Wednesday night prior to squaring off with Brown on Saturday. In Ivy League play, the Crimson defeated Cornell (3-1), while dropping decisions to Penn (1-0) and Yale (3-0). Leah Mohammadi leads the team with 10 points on four goals and two assists while Danielle Etzel – the twin sister of Brown's Christine Etzel – and Kat Hess have split time in goal.
Freshman forward Star White gained Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 25 after scoring the overtime, game-winning goal in the Bears' Ivy opener vs. Dartmouth on Sept. 24. White recorded three points on a goal and an assist, including the game-winning goal vs. Dartmouth, to help lead Brown to a 2-0 week. In the 92nd minute against the Big Green, White netted her second game winner of the year to lift Brown to a 1-0 win. She notched an assist in a 2-1 win over Sacred Heart on Sept. 20.
WALDMAN WINS IVY PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Mikela Waldman (San Francisco, Calif.) won Ivy League Player of the Week accolades on Sept. 18. She tallied four points on a goal and two assists to help lead Brown to a 2-0 week. She scored the game-winning goal on her sixth goal of the year in a 2-0 win over Massachusetts on Sept. 14. She posted two assists – her third career two-assist game – in a 2-1 win over CCSU on Sept. 17.
KANTE EARNS IVY LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman forward Zeinab Kante (Dallas, Texas) earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Aug. 28 after scoring the game-winning goal in Brown's 2-1 overtime win against Maine on Aug. 25. In her collegiate debut, Kante recorded the game winner alongside an assist in the Bears' season-opening victory.
Senior center back Maclaine Lehan (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and junior goalkeeper Christine Etzel (Madison, Conn.) will serve Brown as captains this fall. Lehan will act as a captain for the Bears for the second straight season.
After playing at Harvard, Brown remains on the road to compete at Cornell on Oct. 21 at 1:30 p.m.
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