WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University men’s
soccer team scored three second-half goals to blow open a tight
contest as the Judges downed WPI, 4-0, in a non-conference contest,
Brandeis’s first on their newly-renovated A-Turf surface on
Brandeis (4-0) got all the scoring they would need just under six minutes into the game. University Athletic Association (UAA) Offensive Co-Player of the Week Ben Premo (Florence, Mass.) was hauled down from behind in the box with 5:57 gone from the clock. Senior back Shelton Stewart (Clarendon, Jamaica) calmly deposited the penalty shot into the right corner to tie Premo for the team lead with his fourth goal of the season. The Judges got off six more shots in the half, but several went just wide of the net.
WPI (1-2) put on some early pressure in the second half, but Judge junior Mike Snyder (Ashby, Mass.) gave the Judges some breathing room in the 56th minute as Stewart launched a long ball two-thirds of the way down the field. Premo ran it down and fed Snyder who scored his second goal of the season.
Premo then reclaimed the team goal-scoring lead in the 62nd minute as junior Jordan Skolnik (Mansfield Center, Conn.) sent a ball from the left side of the box to Snyder, who one-timed it to the rookie forward and Premo found the back of the net for the fifth time in 2005. Junior midfielder Yoni Litwok (Marlboro, N.J.) closed out the scoring in the 70th minute when he ran down a ball played from the backfield by sophomore David Weinstein (Holden, Mass.) and chipped it over the WPI goalkeeper.
Brandeis netminders Pat Makridakis (Mendon, Mass.) and Jake Knoll (Gardner, Mass.) made seven saves for the second shutout of the season by the Judges. WPI senior Matthew Cichon (Somerset, Mass.) had nine stops for the Engineers in the losing effort.
With his three points today, Stewart now has 97 for his career. With three more points, he will become just the fourth 100-point scorer in Brandeis history.
The Judges next take on local rivals Babson College in Wellesley on Saturday at 1 p.m., while WPI heads to cross-town rival Clark at 2:30 p.m. the same day.