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Soccer teams travel for UAA conference match-ups

By David Aizenberg

Section: Sports

October 20, 2017

The Brandeis men’s soccer team picked up a key win in their away victory over the Emory Eagles this past weekend. Patrick Flahive ’18 scored the most important goal of his career with Brandeis University in the second overtime period to give the Judges a 1-0 victory. With the victory, the Judges are tied with the Eagles for first place in University Athletic Association (UAA) conference play.

Flahive’s fifth goal of the season came off nice plays from Josh Ocel ’17 and Dylan Hennessy ’20. Ocel’s throw-in to Hennessy was followed up by a Hennessy pass into the box. Flahive emerged from a group of Emory defenders and put a perfect header into the back of the goal.

Brandeis star goalie Ben Woodhouse ’18 continued to protect the goal for the Judges as six of his eight saves came in the second half. After denying the Eagles of a goal a mere 35 seconds before Flahive scored, Woodhouse picked up his astonishing 19th shutout of his career (and 35th career victory).

The Judges played their last non-conference contest on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Clark University, dominating the opposing team 5-1. Key players included rookie Noah Gans ’21, who put two in the net, as well as Ocel, Bernardo Ponte ’18 and Max Breiter ’20.

The Brandeis women’s soccer team faced a minor bump in their season as they fell to the UAA conference opponent Emory Eagles 3-0. Goalie Sierra Dana ’20, recent UAA Defensive Player of the Week, collided with an Eagle player late in the first half and was taken out of the game just two minutes into the second half. With that, the Eagles found a hole in the Judges roster. The home team was able to take advantage of Dana’s absence and poured in three second half goals to secure the win.

Despite the loss, the Judges still boast an impressive record of 10-2-2. The Judges returned home on Wednesday to take on Westfield State at 7 p.m. The women bounced back from their 0-3 loss to Emory, winning 4-1 without either of their two rostered goalies. Sasha Sunday ’19 scored three of the four goals for the Judges.

The men’s team will play three conference opponents, all at home in the coming weeks before a likely NCAA national tournament berth. The women’s team will spend the next game away at Elms College on Sunday, Oct. 22. It will be their last non-conference game prior to a possible NCAA berth.

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