Rally falls short as men's soccer falls to No. 21 Washington, 2-1

Rally falls short as men's soccer falls to No. 21 Washington, 2-1

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (from a Washington University release) -- Brandeis junior midfielder Jaime Batista (Westford, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season in the second half, but the Judges were unable to notch an equalizer today in a 2-1 men's soccer loss to 21st-ranked Washington University in St. Louis in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest.

Washington (10-3, 3-1 UAA) senior Cliff Goldkind (Potomac, Md.) and junior John Hengel (Milwaukee, Wis.) each scored in the first half as Washington U. built a 2-0 halftime advantage.

Goldkind drilled a shot from 20 yards out off of a nice cross from sophomore Nick Wilbar (Louisville, Ky.) at 11:00 for the first goal of the game. Hengel scored on a breakaway at 32:40 to push the Bears' lead to 2-0. Hengel leads the team and is fourth in the UAA with seven goals scored.

Despite being down by two goals, the Judges gathered some momentum and trimmed WU’s lead to 2-1 at 54:45 when Batista scored on give-and-go from junior midfielder Bill Murphy (Springfield, Mass.). The Judges evened the shot totals, 8-8, in the second half, after WashU owned a 6-3 advantage in the first.

Brandeis rookie Sean O'Hare (Southmapton, Mass.) made eight saves in the losing effort, while Bear junior goalkeeper John Smelcer (St. Louis, Mo.) made five saves in the win, and the Bear defense cleared two shots off the line. Washington U. outshot Brandeis, 14-11, while the Judges had a 6-3 advantage in corner kicks.

Brandeis is next in action on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. when they take on Roger Williams University.