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Women’s soccer finds great success with solid defense

After tying their previous game against Babson College, the Judges looked to get the offense going early and secure a win. That is exactly what they did against Emerson College. It took only seven minutes for the Judges to get a goal on the board. Senior forward Juliette Carreiro ’22 made use of a great assist from midfielder Caroline Swan ’23 to get the first goal of the game. This was Carreiro’s third goal of the season and Swan’s third assist of the season. After that fast start to the game, there were no more goals in the half. Both teams shot the ball a total of five times within the first half. Only two of Emerson’s shots were on target and those two shots ended up being the only two shots they put on target for the entire game. 

In the second half, the Judges continued to put pressure on the Emerson defense. The Emerson goalie was impressive as she kept saving every shot Brandeis had. That was until senior midfielder Daria Bakhtiari ’22 was substituted back into the game. Bakhtiari proceeded to score a penalty kick in the 79th minute. This goal was her second goal of the season and put Brandeis up 2-0 with only 11 minutes to go. These last 11 minutes ended up being a game of tough defense as neither team took a shot. So, the Judges ended up getting the win with a score of 2-0. 

The keys to the game were the constant pressure from the offense and very strong overall defense. In the second half, the Judges out shot Emerson 7-2. Sophomore forward Yasla Ngoma ’24 led the way shooting with 4 total shots and 3 shots on goal. Freshman goalie Hannah Bassan ’25 had a clean sheet with two saves and no goals allowed.

Four days following their win over Emerson, the Judges turned to face UMass Boston. Once the game started, the Judges put a lot of pressure on UMass Boston. It only took 10 minutes for Brandeis to take four shots. The first shot on target from the Judges came from Carreiro in the 10th minute, but it was saved by the opposing goalie. UMass Boston had their first shot in the 15th minute, but it was saved by Brandeis goalie Bassan. The rest of the first half was just constant pressure from the Judges as they took a total of 13 shots in the first half compared to only two from UMass Boston. Entering the second half, the Judges had a feeling that something had to fall. In the 64th minute Brandeis finally took the lead with a goal from senior forward Makenna Hunt ’22 with an assist from junior defender Meaghan McDonough’23. That was Hunt’s 3rd goal of the season and McDonough’s first assist of her career. The rest of the half was a lot of shooting from Brandeis, but ultimately there were no more goals scored by either team, as the game ended with a score of 1-0. Brandeis took 17 shots in the second half compared to UMass Boston’s 2. Overall Brandeis outshot their opponents 30-4. The Judges made sure that the only offense from the game was coming from them. As for the defense, Bassan continued her recent success and had three saves leading to a clean sheet. 

The Judges look to continue their recent success with their final game of September on the 28 against Lesley University. 

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