The Brandeis women’s soccer team, ranked 13 nationally, now have four straight wins to continue their undefeated season, consistently shaking up their opponents with two big wins this past week.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Judges rolled past the Johnson and Wales University (JWU) Wildcats with a final score of 4-1 with two goals in each half. The Judges have not played JWU in more than 10 years but played their game to earn a victory. Only 24 minutes into the game, Daria Bakhtiari ’21 scored her second goal of the season off a corner kick from teammate Sasha Sunday ’19. As the half went on, Zoe Ballas ’20 netted a header from classmate Emma Spector ’20 to make the score 2-0 in the first 31 minutes, ending the half with a solid 2-0 lead.
The second half abruptly began with JWU scoring off a free kick, which sparked another pair of goals that would come from Brandeis in return. In the end, the Judges’ lead was too deep a deficit to overcome. A long ball from Becca Buchman ’19 sent rookie Juliette Carreiro ’22 to put one past a charging goalkeeper. Only a short two minutes later, Makenna Hunt ’22 scored after Buchman one touched a killer cross that left a wide-open goal for Hunt to score. The rookies have played a dominant role in the season with Carreiro and Hunt both averaging one goal per game thus far.
Statistically speaking, Brandeis continues to blow their opponents away, as they outshot JWU 32-8 this weekend. A powerful corner kick advantage of 9-2 also gave the Judges the edge in defeating the Wildcats.
On Tuesday night, they secured a well-deserved win over the Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) Warriors with a final score of 1-0 to keep the perfect record going. The only goal of the game came from Sam Volpe ’19 who blasted a long range ball over the goalie, where it landed beautifully in the upper corner of the net. While doing so, she also broke the Warriors’ three-game scoreless streak.
The defensive backline really stood out for the Judges on Tuesday night, only allowing four shots throughout the entire match. Combined efforts from goalkeepers Sierra Dana ’20 and Victoria Richardson ’20 also kept ECSU scoreless.
The Judges will seek to continue the unbeaten run this Saturday, Sept. 15, as they begin their three-game away stretch with the Babson College Beavers.