September 6, 2007

Men's soccer suffers first loss, 3-1, at the hands of Wentworth

BOSTON, Mass. -- The Brandeis men's soccer team suffered its first loss in six games dating back to last season tonight as host Wentworth Institute of Technology scored twice in the final 20 minutes of the game to take a 3-1 decision.

Wentworth (2-1-0) got on the board quickly in the first half, as senior Chris Hartman (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) scored his third goal of the season after intercepting a failed clearing attempt.

Brandeis (1-1-1) outshot the Leopards, 9-5, in the first half, but were unable to get the equalizer before the intermission. The Judges finally broke through in the 67th minute when sophomore reserve midfielder Mike Silberstein (Shrewsbury, N.J.) connect for his second collegiate goal, burying a loose ball in front of the WIT net.

Wentworth notched the game-winner just over seven minutes later. Rookie Dario Correia (Lakeville, Mass.) sent a ball across the goal mouth to classmate Ben Nasman (Lenox, Mass.), who deposited his first collegiate goal in the left side of the net. The Leopards added an insurance goal with 43 seconds left in regulation, as junior Matt Martins (Bristol, R.I.) took advantage of a pushed up Brandeis defense to score into an empty net.

Junior Taylor Bracken (No. Andover, Mass.) made five saves in the losing effort for the Judges, while senior Joe Simon (Pittsfield, Mass.) had seven stops to earn the victory. Brandeis outshot WIT, 18-12, but the shots on goal were even at eight.