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Women’s soccer advances to 7-1-1

By David Aizenberg

Section: Sports

September 29, 2017

The Brandeis women’s soccer team continued to dominate their opponents, securing a six-game win streak with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Babson Beavers this Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Julia Matson ’19 took over the game, scoring two goals over an eight-minute span in the second half. In the 62nd minute, Matson went into overdrive and dodged two Babson players to score the first of her two goals. Soon after, in the 70th minute, Matson scored another highlight-worthy goal. After receiving a through ball from teammate Katie Hayes ’20, she duped an opposing defender and found the back right netting over the head of the Babson goalie to score her fourth career goal.

In addition to Matson’s superb effort, rookie Mackenzie Smith ’21 aided the team and tallied the second goal of her young career as she set the Judges’ momentum in the first half. Smith, scoring in the 30th minute, put the Judges in the lead with her second career goal.

A game that was dominated by the Judges (who led in shots-on-goal 17-6), sophomore goalie Sierra Dana ’20 notched four saves along with the third game of her career. Dana did not allow a goal for the Babson Beavers.

The team returned to their home field Saturday, Sept. 23 to play their cross-town rivals, the Tufts Jumbos. A collegiate matchup with a rich competitive history, Saturday’s game surely lived up to the hype.

Despite the game ending in a 1-1 tie, there was no shortage of excitement. After falling behind 1-0 in the 21st minute, the Judges responded in the second half with a goal from Sasha Sunday ’19, her fifth of the season. Both teams had opportunities to grab the lead, but tough defense from both teams refused to relent, leaving the field with a 1-1 tie.

Dana continued her solid performance, tallying a season-high six saves in the contest (three of which came in overtime). Dana’s strong play ensured a tie game, the second tie between the two teams in the past two years.

Sunday’s goal was her fifth out of the last six games she played—she has three game-winning goals, and two goals to equalize the score for the Judges.

In another home game against Wellesley, the Judges dominated once again, winning 3-1 against the all-women’s school. They are set to play again on Sunday, Oct. 1 against conference opponents Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, a team they mastered handily last season, winning 4-0 in their regular season match-up.

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