CHINA- Former Pitt goaltender Rachel Brown continues her impressive performance for England in the Women's World Cup Tournament in China. Brown and the rest of the English National team advanced to the quarterfinal after defeating Argentina (6-1) on Monday. England currently holds the second place slot in Group A behind Germany, who they tied in group play last Friday (0-0).
England will meet the United States in the quarterfinal match on Sept. 22ndat in Beijing. Saturday's quarterfinal appearance matches England's best-ever World Cup performance.
As of September 20th, Brown ranks fourth overall among World Cup Tournament goalkeepers in total saves with 19. In England's first game of the tournament, a 2-2 tie with Japan, Brown finished with three saves. In the next matchup, a 0-0 tie against Germany, Brown recorded an impressive 12 saves and allowed no goals against a tough Germany squad. In England's third game vs. Argentina, Brown recorded four saves and allowed only one goal.
During her two years at Pitt (2000-2001), Brown was twice honored as Big East Goalkeeper of the Year and was named to the All-Big East First Team after both seasons. In addition, Brown holds three school records at Pitt including the lowest goals-allowed average of 1.87. Brown also competed for the English National Team, serving as a backup goalkeeper, while attending Pitt.