September 15, 2006

Brandeis men snap scoring slump, 6-0, against Albertus Magnus

WALTHAM, Mass. – Sophomore forward Ben Premo (Florence, Mass.) was involved in four of the Brandeis University men's soccer goals tonight as the Judges defeated visiting Albertus Magnus College, 6-0, on Gordon Field.

Brandeis (2-2-2) wasted little time getting on the board, scoring in the fourth minute. After AMC (1-3-1) rookie goalkeeper Gerald O'Connor (Hamden, Conn.) inadvertently touched the ball just outside the box, Brandeis rookie midfielder Billy Murphy (Springfield, Mass.) slammed the free kick off the Falcon wall and into the net. The Judges doubled the lead in the ninth minute when Premo sent a beautiful cross to the head of senior midfielder Jordan Skolnick (Mansfield Center, Conn.), who converted his first goal of the season.

At exactly the 18 minute mark, Premo notched his first goal of the game and third of the season when he blasted home an Albertus Magnus turnover. The Judges closed the first-half scoring in the 40th minute as rookie back Tyler Morrill (Newmarket, N.H.) sent a long service ahead to classmate Patrick Metelus (Cambridge, Mass.). Metelus tapped it ahead to sophomore midfielder Kevin Murphy (Monson, Mass.), who sent it home.

In the second half, Premo slammed in a rebound in the 51st minute for his second two-goal game of the season and the fifth of his career. Premo closed out his six-point night by stripping a Falcon defender in the 55th minute and feeding sophomore forward Alex Mithoefer (Chappaqua, N.Y.), who sent the ball in fro 15 yards out for his first career goal.

Brandeis outshot AMC by a 32-5 margin. O'Connor had fives saves and four goals allowed for the Falcons in the first half, while sophomore Alfredo Perez (Norwalk, Conn.) made three stops and let in two goals in the second half. Brandeis rookie Josh Bellet (Wayne, N.J.) had the Judges' only save, playing the final 35:50 in relief of classmate Taylor Bracken (No. Andover, Mass.), who was untested.

Brandeis is next in action on Wednesday at Wheaton College at 4:00 p.m., while Albertus Magnus heads to Daniel Webster on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. for a GNAC match.