September 4, 2007

Men's soccer breaks into win column with 3-1 triumph at Babson

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Sophomore Corey Bradley (Holyoke, Mass.) scored one goal and assisted another today as the Brandeis University men's soccer team upended Babson College, 3-1, in a rematch of last season's ECAC semifinal contest.

Brandeis (1-0-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute, as senior Evan Duval (Wilbraham, Mass.) hit a perfect service off a free kick that sophomore Tyler Morrill (Newmarket, N.H.) was able to knock past Babson senior goalie Chris Necklas (Guilford, Conn.) for the game's first goal. The Judges then made it 2-0 when junior Alex Mithoefer (Chappaqua, N.Y.) headed in a cross from sophomore Bradley at 29:35.

Babson (2-1) cut its deficit in half early in the second stanza, as senior Jonny Hakala (New Ipswich, N.H.) hit a cross that first-year Harrison Heller (Fort Wayne, Ind.) redirected in front of the net. Junior Tim Winn (Sutton, Mass.) then followed it in for his team-leading third goal of the season at 51:38 to make it 2-1.

The Judges added an insurance goal in the 69th minute, as Bradley took a lead pass from junior Ben Premo (Florence, Mass.) down the left side and lofted a perfect shot over a leaping Necklas and into the back right corner. That would be enough for the stingy Brandeis defense, which held the Babson offense to very few quality opportunities in the second half.

Brandeis netminder Taylor Bracken (No. Andover, Mass.) made five of his six saves in the first half to improve to 1-0-1 on the season. Babson senior Chris Necklas had four stops in the losing effort for the Beavers.