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Men’s soccer shutout Lasell

By Jordan Brodie

Section: Sports

October 28, 2016

The men’s soccer team finished their out-of-conference games with a 2-0 victory against Lasell College on Tuesday, Oct. 25. The Judges improved to 8-4-3 with their third straight win, while the Lasers fell to 1-17 as their season comes to a close.

Although the Judges did not score in the first half, they still managed to take control of the game. Brandeis took 15 shots and managed to prevent Lasell from taking any. Heading into the second half, the Judges were poised to continue their commanding performance.

In the second half, it did not take long for the Judges to get on the board. In the 48th minute, Zach Vieira ’17 headed the ball to Andrew Allen ’19, who scored the Judges’ first goal of the night. This was Allen’s third goal this season.

The Judges continued to dictate for the rest of the game, totally halting the Lasers’ offense. Not only did the Judges take 38 shots (20 on goal), but they also managed to prevent the Lasers from shooting at all. Viera added the Judges’ second and final goal in the 85th minute off a corner from Josh Ocel ’17 to end the game at 2-0. Ocel’s assist marked his 26th of his career, tying Allen’s father, Greg Allen ’86, for the fourth most assists in men’s soccer history.

Despite ending their disappointing season on a sour note, Lasell has lots to look forward to with the future of their program. First-year goalie Jackson Burhans showed much promise, saving 18 shots throughout the night.

Brandeis’ controlling victory allowed many players to get involved on offense. Their 38 shots came from 15 different players. Fittingly, Allen and Viera had the most shots of the night with six a piece.

The Judges look to continue their winning streak on Friday, Oct. 27 at home at 7:30 p.m. against Emory University in a key University Athletic Association matchup. This will be their first of two games during Fall Fest, as their regular season will come to a close on Sunday Oct., 30 at 1:30 p.m. on Senior Day against New York University, another UAA opponent.

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