Sixth Man: Women’s Soccer

“On three everyone yell, ‘At least we don’t run in circles like the track guys!'”

You may not know this, but here at Brown we actually have some varsity sports teams. A whole bunch of them, as it happens. And, as an innocent, misguided freshman, I will attempt to attend one game played by each of these 37 varsity teams. There will be drama, there will be action, there will be crushing boredom excitement. Welcome to Sixth Man.

Have you ever wondered what death feels like? For me, I’m pretty sure it’s something similar to watching the women’s soccer team lose a non-league game to Dartmouth in crippling cold roughly 12 hours before a paper I haven’t written is due. Fine, at least it wasn’t that cold — the doctors say that thanks to the wonders of modern science, they’ll probably be able to salvage one or two of my fingers from the frostbite. I guess we’ll see once the bandages come off.

In any case, we’re here to talk about the soccer game, because all you Lady Bears hooligans out there can’t wait any longer. It was an exciting night on the pitch (pretentious soccer slang for “field”), as both teams fought hard on their way to a 0-0 halftime tie. This marks the second time in two weeks that Sixth Man has had the pleasure of watching a 0-0 first half. Here are some things I find more entertaining than scoreless halves of any sport: standing in line on Chicken Finger Friday; writing my English paper at 2 am. last night; Chinese water torture. SCORE SOME DAMN GOALS, PEOPLE.

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W. Soccer celebrates Senior Day, falls to Yale 2-1

(From L to R) Rizzi, Walker, Gannett, Lum, Chun and parents!

The women’s soccer team celebrated Senior Day this afternoon at Stevenson Field. Five members of the class of 2011–co-captains Gina Walker and Charlotte Rizzi, Joyce Chun, Katie Gannett and Erika Lum–played the final matches of their collegiate careers.

All five seniors were in the starting lineup for the Bears. Walker got on the scoreboard, assisting on Bruno’s lone goal, a header by Sarah Hebert-Seropian ’12, in the 24th minute. The Bears would end up losing the game on a late goal by Yale forward Mary Kubiuk, but the seniors still enjoyed a memorable day, including the halftime ceremony pictured above.

Women’s Soccer Decimates URI

The women’s soccer team (6-4-3, 0-2-1 Ivy) won 3-0 against University of Rhode Island (1-11-1) this afternoon.

After an uneventful first half, the Bears scored two goals within the first five minutes of the second half. The first came off the foot of midfielder Maddie Wiener ’14 (Wiener was the Ivy League rookie of the week last week–with good reason) when she booted it from the sideline and managed to get it past the surprised and unsuspecting URI goalie. Wiener also assisted in the second goal along with midfielder Gloria Chun ’12; the two managed to get the ball to midfielder co-captain Gina Walker ’11 to score after the URI goalie fumbled the ball.

The third goal came off a free kick from forward/midfielder Mika Siegelman ’14. Although technically unassisted, she managed to get some help from the URI defenders–the ball deflected off of them and into the net.

Co-captains Gina Walker '11 and Charlotte Rizzi '11 meet with the refs and captains of URI before the game for the coin toss.

The team plays again at home this Saturday, 2 pm, against Harvard. Be sure to cheer on the Bears at this rivalry game!

Women’s and men’s soccer are on the ball

The women's soccer team discusses how to maintain their lead over Monmouth at the half

The women’s soccer team (2-2) defeated Monmouth today, 2-1, in a very offensive game. Freshman forward Kiersten Berg dominated throughout the game, scoring both of Brown’s goals. The first goal came with only 18.7 seconds left in the first half; the Monmouth goalie fumbled the ball, and (after some more fumbling around by various players), Berg managed to head the ball into the net. Her second goal came in the second half off of a breakaway. Monmouth answered with a goal of their own — they also had a breakaway that, unlike Berg’s, amounted to nothing more than a shot that went wide of the net.

Catch the next women’s home game on September 19, 2pm, against Sacred Heart.

On Friday, the men’s soccer team (2-0-1) beat South Carolina, 1-0, in their first game of the Brown Soccer Classic. Junior forward Sean Rosa scored the lone goal of the game with less than eight minutes left. Brown plays Hofstra tomorrow, Sep. 12. 2:30pm, at Stevenson Field. Be there to cheer on the undefeated Bears!