November 3, 2007

Late goal spoils Brandeis men's soccer finale against NYU, 2-1

WALTHAM, Mass. – The rainy weather contributed to all three goals today, including the game-winner with just 1:21 left in regulation as the visiting New York University Violets defeated host Brandeis University, 2-1, in University Athletic Association men's soccer action on Gordon Field.

NYU (13-4-1, 4-3-0 UAA) opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Brandeis sophomore goalie Taylor Bracken (No. Andover, Mass.) went to play a ball wide of the net, but Violet junior forward Adam Dhanens (Bakersfield, Calif.) got there first Dhanens poked it in front of the net, where junior midfielder Adam Keller (East Lyme, Conn.) buried for his fourth goal of the season.

Brandeis (8-9-3, 0-5-1 UAA), despite outshooting NYU, 7-4, in the first half, didn't get on the board until the 53rd minute. Judge sophomore midfielder Corey Bradley (Holyoke, Mass.) sent a cross that appeared to be an easy catch for NYU junior Chris Wright (Colchester, Conn.), but it slipped through his hands. Brandeis sophomore Alex Zenerovitz (Acton, Mass.) was there to head the ball into the empty net for his third tally of the season.

NYU had the better of the play in the second half with the wind at their back, as Bracken's normally booming punts and goal kicks were knocked down before crossing midfield. The Violets, who had missed reclaiming the lead earlier on a defensive save by Brandeis senior Joe Levitan (Baltimore, Md.), finally broke through in the 89th minute. With a loose ball in front of the net and several players on the ground, rookie midfielder Michael Burke (Islip, N.Y.) averted overtime with his first collegiate goal.

Bracken and Wright each made five saves in net for their sides.