Brown University reveals 2021 women’s soccer captains
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Cameron Brown, junior Sara Bermudez, and junior Malina Yago will serve Brown University women’s soccer as captains during the 2021 season, Brown head coach Kia McNeill announced on Monday.
Also a captain in 2020, Brown (Portsmouth, Va.) has helped the Bears post 24 shutouts as a team from 2017-19. In 2019, she started all 19 games as a center back and played 1,784 of a possible 1,790 minutes on the season (99.7 percent). A 2018 All-Ivy pick and 2020 Academic All-Ivy selection, she played a critical role for a Brown defense that ranked second in the NCAA in goals allowed (eight), third in save percentage (.890), and fourth in GAA (0.40) in 2019.
Bermudez (South San Francisco, Calif.) – also a captain in 2020 – started 10 games as a defensive midfielder in 2019 and did not leave the field in eight of the 10 games in which she played. Playing a key role in the team’s defensive shape, she helped the Bears set single-season program records for wins (14), home wins (11), and shutouts (13) in 2019.
Yago (Culver City, Calif.) has contributed to the Bears’ midfield over her first two seasons, playing in 29 games with nine starts and totaling nine points on two goals and five assists. She scored the game-winning goal against Connecticut in 2019, helping the Bears earn their first win over the Huskies since 1990. Yago won the team’s Dobson-Kay Coaches’ Award in 2018.
In 2019, the Bears posted an overall record of 14-2-3, while registering an undefeated 6-0-1 mark in Ivy League play, finishing the year unbeaten in conference play for the first time since 1994. In 2019, Brown won its 13th Ivy League title in program history, while making its seventh all-time appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Bears’ 2020 competitive season was canceled due to COVID-19.