PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The Providence College women's soccer team hosted hometown rival, Brown on Thursday, September 6 in Providence R.I. The Friars battled back from a two goal deficit to defeat the Bears, 3-2. Senior Mary Vercollone (Pembroke, Mass.) paved the way for the Friars with two goals.
Brown went right to work notching the first goal of the game in the fourth minute of play. Brown junior Louisa Pitney served up a corner that was headed in far post by teammate Chloe Cross. Ten minutes later, in the 14th minute, Cross notched her second goal of the game. Cross finished a pass from Eliza Marshall.
The Friars responded to Brown's attack in the 16th minute when Vercollone finished a flick from freshman, Catherine Zimmerman (Madison, N.J.). Zimmerman's pass found Vercollone eight yards from goal and Vercollone's strike found the back of the net. This goal marked Vercollone's second goal of the season.
The remainder of the first half was scoreless. Brown headed into halftime with a 2-1 lead.
The Friars tied the game in the 48th minute after a powerful strike from Vercollone. A deflection from a Friar corner kick rolled just outside of the 18 yard line when Vercollone drove the ball into the top right corner of the goal. Vercollone's successful strike marked her second goal of the game and her third of the season.
Providence took the lead in the 68th minute after Zimmerman was fouled in the box. A penalty kick was awarded and Zimmerman's strike found the back of the net. The Friars would hold the 3-2 lead until time expired.
The Friars' defense limited Brown to eight shots and freshman goalkeeper, Megan Sweeney (Coral Springs, Fla.), finished the game with one save. The Friars outshot the Bears, 19-8 and led the advantage in corners, 13-5.
The Friars are set to host New Hampshire at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 9 at Providence, R.I. The game is part of a Friar double header and will follow the 12:00 p.m. men's soccer match against Michigan State. The games will be played on Glay Field.
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