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Men’s soccer play two games, honor seniors, Guthro ’22 named UAA’s Division III Men’s Soccer National Player and Defensive Player of the Week

On Friday, Oct. 29, the Brandeis men’s soccer team played against Emory University on Gordon Field, defeating the Eagles, 3-2. This puts the Judges at 2-2-1 (wins, losses, ties) in the University Athletic Association and at 5-7-2 in their overall season. 

Brandeis scored the first goal of the game in the 15th minute. Skylah Dias ’22 scored his first goal of the season and third career goal, into the right side of the goal. Jared Panson ’22 assisted Dias with the goal.

In the 22nd minute of the game, the second goal was scored, this time by Emory, from a corner kick. For the next hour, there were no goals, until the 87th minute when Isaac Mukala ’22 scored, with assistance from Panson. This was his first career goal, and Panson’s second time being involved in multiple goals in a game. During the regular session, Aiden Guthro ’23 saved numerous goals from the Eagles, allowing two in. He had 14 saves, a career high. In the extra session, Eli Mones ’25 scored his first goal in the 96th minute, securing the Judges’ win. 

There were three first career goals in the game. The Eagles outshot Brandeis 31-13, with 17-4 shots on goal, as well as 11 corner kicks to Brandeis’ four. 

The Judges played against the University of Rochester on Oct. 31, which was also the Judges’ Senior Day. The game ended after 110 minutes without a single goal scored, resulting in a draw. This puts the Judges at 2-2-2 (wins, losses, ties) in the University Athletic Association and at 5-7-3 in their overall season. 

Before the game began, Brandeis honored the team’s nine seniors: Tim Bombeli, Michael Burch, Jake Davis, Skylah Dias, Noah Gans, Evan Glass, Sammy Guttell, Isaac Mukala and Jared Panson. For them, this was the final regular-season home appearance. 

The first half of the game started with Rochester outshooting Brandeis 6-2. Guthro made two saves in the half. In the latter half of the game, Brandeis outshot Rochester 20-6. Gabriel Haithcock ’25 and Mones both attempted to score, however were stopped by the Rochester goalkeeper. Mukala made two attempts at a goal in overtime, which were also denied by the goalkeeper. 

The game ended with neither team scoring. This was Guthro’s fifth shutout of the season.

For his achievements in the two matches, Guthro was also selected as the UAA’s Defensive Player of the Week for men’s soccer for the week ending on Oct. 31. This was the third time he was honored this season. He was also named Division III Men’s Soccer National Player of the same week. 

Guthro has 72 saves for the overall season, being in the lead for the UAA. He has a 0.818 save percentage, ranking him fifth as well as a 0.99 goals-against average ranking him sixth. 

The final game of the season will take place on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 1:30 p.m. The team will travel to New York University for the game.

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