Back in action and looking for vengeance following last week’s loss, the Brandeis women’s soccer team earned a victory on the road this weekend versus Carnegie Mellon University. The Judges had a strong presence with their pair of second half goals which improved them to 9-1 and 2-0-0 (UAA) overall.
Due to lightning and poor playing conditions, the game was delayed over two hours on Saturday afternoon. The first half was scoreless; however, Brandeis maintained an advantage of shots on goal, 5-3. Shortly after the second half began, sophomore Daria Bakhtiari ’21 finally hit one in off the left post over the CMU goalie to take the lead. Bakhtiari was the game leader in shots taken on net with a total of four. For the final goal of the game, junior Katie Hayes ’20 solidified the lead unassisted, scoring off an intercepted pass about 25 yards out. Hayes claimed the team lead of five goals this season, improving her shooting percentage of .263 percent to also be the best.
In their defeat against another nationally ranked University Athletic Association (UAA) school, the Judges maintained a shooting advantage, 10-6, and corner kick advantage, 7-3, both for the ninth straight game. Compared to five saves from CMU’s goalie, Carolyn Botz, junior Sierra Dana ’20 had a solid performance in net with three saves, earning her a second solo shutout this season.
For this week’s sideline accomplishments, this weekend’s win was the time Brandeis has beat a ranked opponent this season, after playing Tufts, MIT and, of course, CMU. Overall, both Judges teams came back to Boston with a sweep on the road of CMU for the first time in school history.
Next up for the 10th ranked Judges is the last pair of home appearances, this Friday versus Rochester University and Sunday versus Emory University. On Sunday, Brandeis recognizes the team’s eight seniors on Senior Day: Captain Hannah Maatallah, Captain Emily Thiem, Captain Becca Buchman, Julia Jaffe, Minjee Lee, Julia Matson, Sasha Sunday, and Sam Volpe.