Rams Fall to Brown, 3-2, on Penalty Kick in Double Overtime

Rams Fall to Brown, 3-2, on Penalty Kick in Double Overtime

Starters: Brennan (GK), Wakeford, Bentick, Reynolds, Mencos, Mayo, Lieberman, Goncalves, Brodeur, Gylfadottir, Nardella

Etzel (GK), Story, Grant, Schmidt, Gilmore, Cobb, Waldman, Cummings, Caruso, Kaplan, Phillips

How It Happened
Rhode Island battled back from a two-goal deficit, only to suffer its second straight heartbreaking loss. The Rams (1-3) fell 3-2 in double overtime to in-state rival Brown, with the winning goal coming on a penalty kick in the 104th minute. The loss comes on the heels of Thursday's loss to Central Connecticut in which a goal in the 90th mintue was the difference.

Brown (2-0) got on the board first when Mikela Waldman scored off an assist from Abby Kaplan in the 13th minute. The goal came off what was already the fifth corner of the match for the visiting Bears. Brown padded the lead less than three minutes later when Celia Story put home a pass from Jennifer Caruso in the 16th minute.

Rhode Island (1-2) settled down and allowed just one more shot the rest of the half. The Rams also scored twice in a 58-second span to even the score.

Svana Hermannsdottir trimmed the deficit for the Rams with her first goal of the season in the 35th minute off a Kelsie Cummings assist. Hermannsdottir then assisted on a goal by Amanda Nardella to help the Rams pull even.

Neither side scored in the second half. Rhode Island freshman Julia Freeman came on after the break and made three stops to help Rhode Island get to overtime. 

Unfortunately, in the second extra session, Story scored for the second time on the day on a penalty kick, sending Rhody to its third loss of the season. 

Scoring Summary
12:27 - BROWN – Waldman (Kaplan)
15:15 - BROWN - Story (Caruso)
34:58 - URI - Hermannsdottir (Cummings)
35:54 - URI - Nardella (Hermannsdottir)
103:57 - BROWN - Story (PK)

Inside the Box Score

  • The goal by Svana Hermannsdottir was the first of her career. The senior from Reykjavik, Iceland added her second career assist 58 seconds after her goal.
  • Senior Amanda Nardella's goal was her first of the season and the fourth of her career.
  • Freshman Kelsie Cummings recorded the first point of her career with her assist on Hermannsdottir's goal.
  • Sophomore Kelly Mayo made her first career start.
  • Freshman Julia Freeman made her collegiate debut, taking over in net after halftime. She made four saves in a strong debut, but was given a tough-luck loss thanks to the penalty kick in double overtime.
  • Redshirt sophomore Lindsay Sammis made her Rhode Island debut as a reserve. She began her career at Kansas and sat out the 2016 season as a transfer.
  • The play on the pitch was chippy at times, leading to a combined six yellow cards. Brown was handed four yellows, while Rhode Island had its first two of the season.
  • Rhode Island had a season-high 17 shots, including 10 shots on goal.
  • Brown had a big edge in corner kicks, finishing with 18, compared to eight for the Rams.

Up Next
Rhode Island hits the road for the first time when it travels to the Music City Invitational in Nashville next weekend. The Rams play Memphis on Friday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. (Eastern), before facing host Vanderbilt on Sunday, Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m. (Eastern).