Women’s soccer wins three straight

September 13, 2019

The Brandeis University women’s soccer team defeated Bridgewater State University 3-0 in the Judges’ home opener at Gordon Field. It was quite the night for Juliette Carreiro ’22 as she netted her first career multi-goal game. The start of the match was delayed by 45 minutes due to lightning but that did not slow down the Judges as they were on the board 12 minutes into the match. Carreiro opened the scoring in the 13th minute, and after getting off the first seven shots of the game, she was able to steal the ball and dribbled in alone, striking the lower-right side of the net.

The Judges would go on to double their lead in the 34th minute as a pair of rookies got on the board with their first collegiate points. Midfielder Jessica Herman ’23 crossed a ball from the right side of the box over to fellow classmate Morgan Clark ’23 who punched it home for the first score of her career. The Judges concluded their scoring in the 50th minute as midfielder Daria Bakhtiari ’21 sent a ball from the right sideline, which Carreiro was able to pick up and chip over to the goalkeeper for her second goal of the game and third of her career.

Brandeis was able to outshoot Bridgewater State 35-7 including 17-4 shots on goal, giving them the edge. In the goal, Victoria Richardson ’20 made three saves in the first 80-plus minutes of action, while Rebecca Gold ’22 made one diving stop in her 9-plus minutes.

In their second contest, the Brandeis University women’s soccer team notched their first road win of the season on Saturday afternoon in dominant fashion, 7-0 over the home team, Johnson and Wales. The Judges came out of the gates strong as Makenna Hunt ’22 scored the first two of her five points on a goal assisted by Carreiro, who had five points of her own in the 5th minute. The offence kept rolling for the Judges as Carreiro netted a goal of her own just 20 minutes later. Continuing her dominant performance, Carreiro scored again in the 33rd minute off a Katie Romanovich ’21 assist, the first of her collegiate career, improving their lead to 3-0. However, the Judges were not done yet as just before the half, Lauren Mastandrea ’22 netted a goal assisted by Herman, making it her second straight game with an assist. In the 53rd minute Emma Spector ’20 striked a ball into the back of the net for her first goal of the season, pushing the Judges’ lead to 5-0. Hunt would put another past the keeper in the 83rd minute and Willa Molho ’21 completed the scoring onslaught with her first goal of the season off a Hunt assist in the 86th minute.

Although the Judges’ scoring was impressive in itself, their defense was just as dominant, especially the job done by goalkeepers Richardson and Gold. They combined to face five shots on goal, saving all of them en route to the shutout win. Richardson had three to start to earn the win, while Gold had two in the second half.

On the road again, the Judges took on Clark University led by Herman, who scored her first two collegiate goals. This would prove to be the only offense the Judges would need in a 2-0 victory. With the win, the Judges improved to 3-1 on the season, boosting their winning streak to 3 games. The first half started off slow as just five shots were taken: three for Brandeis, two for Clark. In the second half, the offenses opened up as the Judges outshot Clark, 10-6. Herman finally broke through in the 62nd minute, as she fired an impressive shot from the right box that dove just under the crossbar for her first career goal.

Katie Hayes ’20 assisted on the play. Herman would double the score in the 78th minute as she took a long throw in and dribbled 10 yards to the top of the box before striking a similar ball from the left side. With her two goals, Herman has notched a point in the last three games, all Brandeis wins. It also marks the Judges’ third straight game with a multi-goal scorer. Herman nearly notched a hat trick but was denied in the final two minutes of regulation.

Richardson made two second-half saves to earn her first career solo shutout. The Judges have not allowed a goal since their season opener against MIT. Brandeis will return to action at home on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. as they host Babson for the 45th time, the most played rivalry in Brandeis women’s soccer history.

The Brandeis University women’s soccer team had a terrific week, going 3-0 and led by impressive performances by all players, but to very little surprise Carreiro was selected at the University Athletic Association Women’s Soccer Offensive Player of the Week. This is her first career selection and Brandeis’s first UAA Athlete of the Week of the 2019-20 campaign. Carreiro scored two goals against Bridgewater State University in a 3-0 victory, her first career multiple-goal game. At Johnson and Wales University, she repeated the same feat with two more goals and added an assist as the Judges were able to roll past the Wildcats, 7-0. Carreiro is currently tied for second in the UAA with four goals and nine points.

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