WEST POINT, N.Y. - Brown rallied from a 1-0 deficit, tying the game on Carly Ruiz' goal with 52 seconds left in regulation, then winning it on Louisa Pitney's tally with 15 seconds remaining in sudden death overtime to defeat host Army, 2-1, in a Mid-Atlantic Region game Wednesday evening at Clinton Field. The loss snapped the Black Knights' six-game shutout streak in suffering just their second loss in eight games, while the Bears moved to 3-2-0.
Army freshman Kim An, ranked 50th in goals per game in the first NCAA poll of the season, snapped a scoreless tie when she scored in the 53rd minute after beating the keeper one-on-one with a low shot in front of the goal. The tally was her sixth of the season and came off of Caroline Rice's first collegiate assist.
Prior to the tying goal at the end of regulation, Brown had a goal by Allison Mullin in the 80th minute off a corner kick nullified by a goalie interference call. Three minutes later Army goalkeeper Monica Lee pulled up with her third save of the second half when she leaped high to grab a close header by the Bear's Gina Walker. Army defender Molly McGuigan headed away a corner kick by Brown in the 85th minute.
With the seconds counting down, Brown was awarded is seventh corner kick of the second half and Ruiz capitalized when she tucked the ball into the net from six yards to tie the game 1-1 at 89:08 and force overtime.
Army came up empty on an open net shot five minutes into the overtime following a loose ball when the goalkeeper fell down making a save on Rice's attempt. An reach the ball but her attempt was high and flew over the net. The two teams traded headers with Army called twice for off sides, the last with 1:26 remaining.
Brown's corner kick in the final seconds by Mika Siegelman bounced around on the pitch and Pitney, who had assisted on the tying goal, converted a pass from Walker to lift the Bears to their second straight win of the season.
Goalkeeper MC Barrett earned the decision after taking over the net in the second half and throughout the overtime in moving to 2-0-0. She finished with seven of Brown's eight saves. The pair of goals was the first given up by Army's Lee, who finished with five saves, in the four games she has started.
Army outshot Brown 18-16 but the Bears held an 8-4 corner kick advantage. The win is the second straight for Brown who upset No. 22 Monmouth 2-1 in their home debut Sunday.
"We have to learn from this loss," stated Army head coach Stefanie Golan. "We gave up a goal with 52 seconds left and with 15 seconds. We talked before the game about being perfect with the little details and that the bigger things will happen. We had two opportunities to send the ball forward and behind them and over them and we did it. And we played it to them and they were able to counteract and ended up with a goal in the back of the net. We have to take things from this game and rebound on Sunday.
"It is good opportunity for us to come back with a vengeance and refocus. We have to stay focused and not be satisfied with what we have done, but continue to look ahead of what we can still do and be better. That is what we have to do now."
Army, closing out a five-game homestand, heads to Fairfield Sunday in opening a three-game road slate.
NOTE: Brown's first goal snapped Army's unscored upon streak at 662 minutes ... the last time the Black Knights were touched for a goal was in the season opener at Sacred Heart on Aug. 20 ... Brown stretched its advantage in the all-time series to 6-1 following the Bears fourth straight win ... Army is the second Patriot League school Brown has played this season ... the Bears defeated defending champion Colgate 3-0 over Labor Day weekend at the Dartmouth Classic.