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Men’s soccer finishes season with a loss

By Hannah Vickers

Section: Sports

November 13, 2009

<i>PHOTO BY Lien Phung/The Hoot</i>

PHOTO BY Lien Phung/The Hoot

As the minutes ran down the Judges stepped up their offensive pressure. It paid off in the 88th minute when Corey Bradley ’10 made the final goal of his collegiate career off an assist by classmate Jamie Batista. Bradley was open in the box and after getting a pass from Batista, he knocked the ball into the lower right corner. Brandeis wasn’t able to tack another one on, however, and when the clock ran out they fell to the visiting New York University Violets 3-2.

The Violets struck first, getting on the board in the 27th minute. Brandon Hintz slammed a shot into the net from 20 yards out for an unassisted goal. It took Brandeis 25 minutes, but they got on the board shortly into the second half in the 52nd minute. Rookie Sam Ocel put up his second goal of the season off an assist by classmate Lee Russo. Ocel’s first shot was blocked by Violets keeper Marek Urbanski, but Ocel got the rebound and sent it home.

The Judges lead wouldn’t last for long, though. NYU pulled ahead again 15 minutes later. Violet Kyle Green ’13 took a shot in front of the net after Adam Fein ’12 sent the ball across the goal-mouth. Green got to the ball before Brandeis goalie Matt Lynch ’11 and put NYU in the lead by one.

The game-winning goal for the Violets came in the 76th minute. Hintz tacked on his second goal of the game off a cross from Fein and gave NYU a two goal lead.

Brandeis stepped up the pressure at that point and while Bradley connected with a little less than three minutes left in the game, the Judges weren’t able to get another goal. Bradley took a shot with 22 seconds remaining, but the ball went wide and ended his final season with three goals.

With the loss the Judges fell to 6-10-2 on the season and 1-5-1 in the UAA, putting them in seventh place in the league. As Head Coach Michael Coven has mentioned all season, and this game epitomizes, Brandeis was frustrated by numerous one-goal losses. Of the ten games they dropped, seven were decided by one goal. NYU finished with a 7-8-2 record overall, 2-3-2 in Association play, and tied for fifth in the UAA.

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