Women’s soccer welcomes Central Connecticut and Hofstra to open home play

PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown’s women’s soccer team will host a pair of 2021 conference champions this week at Stevenson-Pincincce Field. The Bears will play their home opener Thursday, Sept. 1 against Central Connecticut at 7 p.m. and then host Hofstra this Sunday, Sept. 4 at 3 p.m.

Brown opened his season with a pair of wins at UAlbany and Rhode Island and will look to continue that success at Stevenson-Pincince Field. Central Connecticut is 2-2 to start the year, while Hofstra opened 2022 at 2-0-1.

Both games will be broadcast live on ESPN+. Fans are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets online at BrownBears.com/tickets prior to their arrival at Stevenson-Pincincce Field. Fans must either download their digital tickets to view on a mobile device or print them at home before arriving.
Prior to Thursday’s game, there will be a brief pre-game recognition honoring the 2021 Ivy League Women’s Soccer Champion team. Sunday is Youth Day which includes free tickets to the kids 12 and under, free popcorn for the first 100 kids, photo ops with Bruno, poster giveaway and post-game autographs with the team.

Scout the Bears (2-0-0):

  • The Bears are currently ranked No. 23 in TopDrawerSoccer’s national poll.
  • Brown won its first two games by scores of 2-0 against Albany and 3-1 against Rhode Island. Brittany Rapino scored a goal in both games, picking up where she left off at the end of her Junior All-American campaign.
  • In addition to Rapino, Ava Seelenfreund, Laryssa Hamlenand transfer from Virginia Kira Maguire also scored their first goals of the season. Seelenfreund finished second on the team last season with 18 points. Hamblen’s goal was a career first.
  • In order to, Claire Gagne made his first two career starts and performed well. Her first win was shutout against Albany as she made four saves for the clean sheet. To clinch the win at URI, Gagné only had to make one save.

Blue Devils scouting (2-2-0):

  • CCSU is the defending four-time Northeast Conference champion. The Blue Devils finished 2021 at 13-6 overall, but fell to Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 6-0.
  • Wins over Siena (2-0) and New Hampshire (1-0) and losses to Seton Hall (2-1) and Harvard (3-0) have CCSU at .500 on the young season. Kristina Kelly led the Blue Devils for four games with a pair of goals and an assist for five points. Aoife Horgan leads the team with two assists on the year.
  • Caitlin Murphy played every minute of all four games in goal and posted a 1.25 goals-against average and .792 save percentage.

Scout Pride (2-0-1):

  • Hofstra finished 2021 at 17-4-1 and with his fourth Colonial Athletic Association championship in the past five seasons. Pride beat Providence 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to South Carolina by the same scoreline in the second round.
  • This season they beat Farleigh Dickinson 3-2 and UAlbany 3-0. Hofstra tied Yale in a scoreless game. Icelandic freshman Thorhildur Thorhallsdottir has been huge for pride to start the season as she leads the team with three goals and two assists for eight points.
  • In goal, Skylar Kuzmich posted a 0.67 goals-against average and a .500 save percentage.

Series history:

  • The Bears are 3-0-1 against Central Connecticut all-time with the last game, a 2-1 win over Brown, coming in 2017.
  • Against Hofstra, the Bears are 1-2-0. The only victory came in 2019 in a 2-1 match at Providence. Claire Myers scored the match winner in the 73rd minute on an assist from Raphino. Pride won the last game 4-0 in 2021.

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