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Brandeis wins three straight

By Shea Decker-Jacoby

Section: Sports

September 9, 2016

On Sept. 1, the Brandeis women’s soccer team faced off against the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in their season opener at home. The Judges are ranked 13th in the Division III national poll by the National Soccer Coaches Association of American.

The Judges started off strong with Sam Volpe ’19 assisting Lea McDaniel ’17 with a goal, which was the only goal in the entire game. This was McDaniel’s 11th Brandeis career goal and fifth game winning goal. It was Volpe’s first collegiate assist.

The past two times the Brandeis soccer team has faced off against MIT, the games were hosted by MIT and turned out with a split record 1-1. The Judges came out strong by outshooting MIT in the first half of the game 14-5. The team’s starting goalie, Alexis Grossman ’17, saved MIT’s best shot on goal in the 80th minute, when she made a one-handed stop off the shot of engineer Allie Werner. Brandeis improves to 23-9-3 all-time against MIT and starts off their season with a 1-0 record.

On September 4, the women’s team took the field again in a home game against Lasell College. The Judges came out really strong and scored in the 26th minute. All-American Michaela Friedman ’17 lofted the ball in the 18 yard box as forward McDaniel outran the defenders to poke the ball in the back of the net.

In the second half, Haliana Burhans ’18 crossed the ball from the right flank on a lead to midfielder Jessica Morana ’17 to blast the ball in the wide open net for her first collegiate goal.

Brandeis outshot Lasell 13-7. Judges goalie Grossman had two stops to record for her second-straight shutout and the 13th for her career, making her the fourth goalie achieve the shutout record.

Brandeis now has an 11-1 record against Lasell and has won five match-ups in a row, with four of the matches decided by one goal.

The Brandeis women’s soccer team faced Bridgewater State University and took the game 1-0. McDaniel scored the only goal of the game in the first 14 minutes. This was her third in the season, which all have been game-winning goals.

Brandeis almost made the score 2-0 in the first half when Sasha Sunday ’19 was stopped by the BSU midfielder from eight yards out.

The Judges had the 21-5 shot advantage along with a 15-1 advantage in corner kicks. Grossman made two saves to record her 12th save of the season.

The Judges will travel to Regis College for their next game on September 8. The Judges start the season off really strong with a 3-0 record, and the jury can’t wait to see what they do next!

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