Sports

W. soccer hurts its Ivy chances with tie

By
Sports Staff Writer
Monday, October 25, 2010

On a chilly Sunday afternoon, the women’s soccer team took on Cornell, looking for its second league win. But Bruno fell short and walked away with a 0-0 tie.

The scoreless game did not come from a lack of effort. The Bears (7-4-4, 1-2-2 Ivy League) took more than triple the amount of shots that Cornell (6-6-1, 1-3-1) did — the final shot count was 20-6 — and dominated the offensive play in the first and second halves. But Big Red goalkeeper Megan Bartlett was unstoppable and made six saves to shut down every dangerous play.

“I thought the goalkeeper did a nice job coming out on all the crosses,” said Bears Head Coach Phil Pincince. “We had all the chances, and we just didn’t finish.”

Midfielders Mika Siegelman ’14 and Sarah Hebert-Seropian ’12 led the way for the Bears offensively, taking three shots apiece.

The shutout by goalkeeping duo Amber Bledsoe ’14 and MC Barrett ’14 allowed the Bears to focus on offense. Bledsoe made two saves in the first half and Barrett followed her lead, stopping one in the second 45-minute period.

Pincince said he was impressed by his team’s overall performance.

“This was the best game we have played against Cornell. Even though we won last year, 1-0, it was a very ugly performance by our program,” he said. “I look at this and think it’s actually a good situation.”

The Bears will continue on their Ivy tour this weekend, traveling to compete against Penn at 5 p.m. Saturday, then returning home to take on Yale the following Saturday for their last game of the regular season.