Bradley blast leads Judges past Case, 1-0, in UAA opener
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Brandeis University senior midfielder Corey Bradley (Holyoke, Mass./Holyoke) scored his first goal of the season and junior netminder Matt Lynch (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) made it hold up with six saves as the Judges stunned Case Western Reserve University on the road in the University Athletic Association (UAA) opener for both teams.
Brandeis (3-4-1, 1-0-0 UAA) was able to dominate the Spartans (5-4-2, 0-1-0 UAA) in the first half, outshooting the hosts, 7-2. The Judges were finally able to break through just before halftime. With 72 seconds before the intermission, Bradley sent a blast from 35 yards out that beat Case netminder Ben Yabrow (Marietta, Ga.) just under the cross bar. It was Bradley's first of goal since the 2007 season and the sixth of his career.
Case rallied in the second half, turning the tables with a 10-2 shot advantage, including 4-2 in shots on goal. Lynch was up to the task, making four of his season-high-tying six saves to record the squad's first shutout of the campaign and the fourth of his career. Two of those stops came on the Spartan's leading scorer, sophomore Vinny Bell (Parma Heights, Ohio).
With the win, the Judges earned their first conference win since 2006 against a team that had tied Ohio Wesleyan University, the No. 2 team in the nation, earlier in the week. Brandeis is next in action on Thursday when they travel to New London, N.H., to face Colby-Sawyer College before returning home for their UAA opener against the University of Rochester next Saturday evening.