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Women’s soccer takes on NYU to end regular season

In the last game of the regular season, the Brandeis women’s soccer team faced off against New York University (NYU) on Nov. 5. The game was the Judges’ Senior Day, so they honored senior goalie Jessica Murawksy ’23, forward Juliette Carreiro ’23, forward Makenna Hunt ’23, midfielder Jess Herman ’23, midfielder Morgan Clark ’23, back Meaghan McDonough ’23, midfielder Sabrina Salov ’23, midfielder Caroline Swan ’23 and back Ruby Siegel ’23 as well as forward Bailey Cullen (GRAD). When the two teams matched up last year, the Judges came out on top 2-1. Carreiro got the Judges started on offense with the first shot on goal in the eighth minute. Her shot was saved and was followed by a heavy attack from NYU. After a few shots that were saved or blocked, NYU took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. The Judges had a few opportunities to tie the game, as Swan and Hunt each had a few shots but could not find the back of the net. Brandeis finally tied the game in the 34th minute. It was a remarkable goal from Swan, which saw her score directly from a corner kick. The goal was her third goal of the season. Hunt gave Brandeis the lead with a header on target, but it was saved by the NYU goalie. 

At halftime, the game was tied 1-1. The shots reflected this as Brandeis had seven and NYU had six. Swan got the second half started with another shot on goal, but it was saved by the NYU goalie. The Judges ended up taking the lead shortly after in the 58th minute on a goal from Carreiro. Swan attempted a penalty kick but was denied by the NYU goalie before Carreiro was in the right position for the rebound allowing her to score the go-ahead goal. It was Carreiro’s ninth goal of the season, as Swan earned her sixth assist of the season. It didn’t take long for NYU to respond, as they went right back on the attack and scored the game tying goal in the 65th minute. NYU used that momentum to score the go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute. Carreiro nearly answered two minutes later, but her shot was saved by the NYU goalie. The Judges would get only one more shot attempt for the rest of the half, but the shot from sophomore Dominique Paglia ’25 went high over the net. In the final game of their regular season, the Judges fell 2-3. 

Although the two teams were mostly even offensive in the first half, NYU had more opportunities in the second half. NYU had 12 shots compared to Brandeis’ six in the second half, giving them an 18-13 edge overall. The Judges led NYU in corner kicks 4-3 and had less fouls than NYU 10-13. Sophomore goalie Hannah Bassan ’25 had five saves in the game. 

The Judges finished the regular season 7-8-2 overall and 0-6-1 in conference games. They had 1.94 goals per game and allowed 1.70 goals per game. Carreiro led the team in goals for the season with nine and was followed by Cullen and junior forward Sydney Lenhart ’24 with five each. Swan and Carreiro tied for the lead in assists with six each. Bassan led the team in saves with 39, giving her a .709 percent save percentage for the season. There were four players on the second-team All-UAA. This included seniors Carreiro and Swan, as well as junior midfielder Sydney Lenhart ’24 and sophomore Ali Karafotias ’25. Next comes the offseason where the team will have to work to replace their top four scorers of the season. 

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