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Women’s soccer loses in Boston

By Charlie Romanow

Section: Sports

November 1, 2013

The women’s soccer team lost last week in a close double-overtime match to UMass Boston. The Beacons’ first goal came off of the foot of Sam Cristoforo via an Amanda Pugliese corner kick 33 minutes into the game. This was Cristoforo’s first goal of the season. Brandeis went into the second half scoreless but were able to tie it up in the 70th minute off of an unassisted 30-yard kick from Sapir Edalati ’15. This was Edalati’s eighth goal of the season. The teams played through the first overtime without any goals. The winning shot came on Tayla Andrews’ 13th goal of the season from an assisting midfield lead pass from Cristoforo. Andrews made it past multiple defenders to win the game with less than two minutes left.

The team played a competitive match as UMass Boston outshot Brandeis by only one attempt, and Michelle Savuto ’15 led the game with nine saves. Kristen Spain earned the win with eight saves. The second half saw Brandeis take 14 shots, much more than either team attempted in any single period. They had trouble getting attempts when it counted the most, though, only attempting two shots in overtime, one of which was on-goal. The Beacons committed eight fouls in the first half but were able to stabilize their play in the coming periods.

The Judges headed home on a three-game losing streak as they end the season against conference opponents Washington University, University of Chicago and New York University. They are 9-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the UAA. Brandeis ranks in the middle of the conference and will have to fight to move ahead against number one-ranked Washington University and Chicago who stand ahead of them in the UAA.

UMass Boston defeated Bridgewater State University a few days after outplaying Brandeis and are 14-4 overall and 5-1 in the Little East Conference. Brandeis’ final game of the season will be played this weekend at home against Rhode Island College.

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