PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Joyce Chun's first goal of the season with just 3:42 remaining in the game lifted host Brown to a 1-0 win over Army in a non-conference women's soccer match Thursday evening at Stevenson Field. The win was the second straight for the Bears, who have played three teams ranked among the Top 20 nationally, while the Black Knights leveled their season mark at 4-4-1.
Both teams had several chances throughout the game with nine of Army's 16 shots on goal while Brown had 10 of 24 attempts. The Black Knights most dangerous opportunity came with 16:35 left in the first half following a broken corner kick play. After the initial attempt was cleared by the Brown defense, the loose ball came out to Elizabeth Betterbed on the right side. The Army midfielder, who registered a team and season-high six shots, had Bear keeper Brenna Hogue beat when she fired a shot to the far right corner, but Sylvia Stone blocked the shot on the goal line.
The Black Knights came up short early in the second half following a cross from Deanna Clegg to Ashleigh Sheets whose shot in front of the Brown net was just inches wide of its mark. A few minutes later Sheets' point-blank attempt was stopped by Hogue just before Army was whistled for offsides.
The Black Knights had four shots on goal the second half, including three by Betterbed, two on goal, over a nine minute span late in the game, while Army's last two attempts was a header by Candice Bryan at the 82:38 mark saved by Hogue followed by Julia Stallard shot 46 seconds later that was wide right.
Army goalkeeper Alex Lostetter made six of her nine saves in the second half, including back-to-back rejections 36 seconds apart just prior to Chun's game winner when the Brown forward unleashed a 12-yard shot into the back center of the Black Knights' net at the 86:18 mark. Sarah Hebeter-Seropian set that goal in motion after intercepting the ball on the left wing just over midfield, then dished the ball to Marybeth Lesbirel who crossed it to Chun racing down the right sideline.
After the first 45 minutes, Brown led in both shots (10-7) and corners (5-4), but five of Army's shots were on goal to the Bear's three. Brown held a 14-9 second half margin in shots along with a 4-1 corner kick margin. Both Lostetter and Hogue finished with nine saves.
"It was a fun game to watch as both teams played quality soccer and created a lot of opportunities," stated Army coach Stefan Golan. "It didn't fall our way this time but on any given day it could have fallen either way. Now we have to rebound against Fairfield and get that win back."
Army hosts Fairfield Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. prior to opening a five-game road slate. The Black Knights (Patriot League) and Stags (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) participated at the NCAA Regionals last year after winning their respective conference titles.
NOTES: Alex Lostetter, the reigning Patriot League goalkeeper of the week and ECAC defensive player of the week, has made 37 saves in the last four games in posting a 0.50 goals-against average ... she has two shutouts along with yielding two goals during that span while overall showing an 0.89 GAA ... Brown's win over Army was the third straight as the Bears pulled ahead in the series 5-1-0 ... Elizabeth Betterbed, who is tied for the lead in points with four (1 goal, 2 assists), ranks second on the team in shots with 24 ... Deanna Clegg, who has two goals for four points, is the leader with 28 shots.