Women’s soccer defeats CCSU in home opener

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Brown women’s soccer team defeated Central Connecticut 1-0 Thursday night in the Bears’ return to Stevenson-Picince Field.

“It was a good win,” said the head coach Kia McNeill said. “Especially the possibility of getting a result against Central. They’re an NCAA tournament team, they win their conference every year. They definitely gave us a fight today, I think we could have taken our chances better, especially in the first half to end the game early. But it was good for us to see that they can come back and turn it into a fight if we don’t end it early.

“It was a good learning experience and I’m glad we got the result.”

The Bears continued their theme of scoring early goals as a freshman Naya Cardoza scored the only goal of the game, her first college, in just the fourth minute of the game. Off a corner kick Evelyn CalhoonCardoza fought the ball out of the air and flicked it home for a 1-0 lead.

“My team is doing a really good job on the crash,” Cardoza said. “There were a lot of people who could bring down this goalkeeper. I was able to hit his head and he ended up falling on my feet so I just slammed him into the net. And that’s what we needed this game. We could have taken more of our chances but it was a good job on our part to get the win.”

Despite hitting the Blue Devils goal with 22 shots, 18 of which came in the first half, the Bears were unable to improve on Cardoza’s strikes. Brittany Raphino Again, the team paced with four shots while Sheyenne Allen and Kayla Duran each had three.

Brown’s defense once again stood strong, only allowing Central to make five shots and get just one on the frame. Klara Gagne made the only save it took her to earn her second shutout of the season.

The Bears earned 13 corners against the Blue Devils’ three.

“We have one more thing on Sunday that we need to rest and recover for,” McNeill said. “But being 3-0 is a good start.”

Brown will take on Hofstra at Stevenson-Picince Field this Sunday, September 4 at 3 p.m


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