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Women’s soccer misses the kick

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October 31, 2008

The power Roger Williams women’s soccer team came into Waltham with a 14-2 record and left with a narrow victory over the Brandeis Judges. The game was hallmarked by strong goalkeeping; a total of 13 shots were fired on the Judges’ Hillary Rosenzweig ’10 and the Hawks’ Jen Garside ’10, but only one was able to find the back of the net.

The first half was a scoreless deadlock, with the two teams tied in the number of shots and shots on goal. Neither side was able to maintain any offensive momentum, and the action shifted frequently from one side to the other.

The tie was broken in the 53rd minute by Roger Williams rookie Laurin Pendleton with an unassisted breakaway that stretched over half the playing field. The goal was her 11th of the season and held up to become the game winner. The second half was less phsyical and more active than the first. Brandeis earned six corner kicks and twelve shots, but Garside’s four saves preserved the lead.

Junior Melissa Gorenkoff was the offensive leader for the Judges; her six shots lead the team, though only one was on goal. Kaitlin Oldfield ’12 contributed four shots, and Alanna Torre ’12 put all three of her shots on net. Pendleton’s three shots on goal paced the Hawks.

Brandeis moves to 9-6-1 on the season, including a 2-2-0 conference record. The Judges are doubling their opponents in goals 30-15, but their scoring has been inconsistent; they’ve scored a total of 3 goals in their six losses. The defense has been much stronger. Opponents have scored more than one goal only four times and more than two goals only once. Hillary Rosenzweig’s goals against average is a remarkable 0.89, and she can boast of a .813 save percentage. Brandeis’s next match is a home game today at 5 pm against Emory University.

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