NORTON, Mass. – The Brandeis University men's soccer team returned to the Top 10 in Division III today with a 2-1 victory over Wheaton College on the road. The Judges, who are ranked #3 in the nation by D3soccer.com and #8 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, scored once in each half and survived a late goal to defeat the Lyons.
Brandeis – 31:19 – Michael Chaput (unassisted)
Wheaton – 73:21 – Curran Wait (unassisted)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Senior Michael Chaput (Holliston, Mass./Holliston) opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with his first goal of the season and the fourth of his career. He hit the post with his initial shot then buried the rebound.
- The eventual game-winner came from rookie Joshua Handler (Oakdale, Conn./Montville) on an assist from junior midfielder Josh Ocel (No. Attleboro, Mass./Worcester Acad.) in the 52nd minute. It was Handler's first collegiate score and Ocel's second assist of the campaign and 12th of his career.
- Wheaton's Curran Wait cut the Brandeis lead in half in the 74th minute.
- Brandeis didn't allow another shot from the Lyons until the final minute of the game, when sophomore Ben Woodhouse (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) denied Wait again.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Both Brandeis goals were notched by reserves who had their first scores of the season.
- All eight of Brandeis's victories this season have been by one goal.
- This was the first time since Sept. 4 (2-1 win in 2 OT vs. Hardin-Simmons in Texas) that the Judges scored twice in a contest.
- Wait's goal was the first allowed by the Judges in five games. It had been 633 minutes since they surrendered a score, dating back to the fourth minute of a 2-0 loss to Trinity (Texas) on Sept. 5.
- Woodhouse's only save was the one he made in the final minute.
- Wheaton's Matt Dickey had seven stops in the losing effort.
- Brandeis is now 8-1 on the season, having won six in a row.
- Wheaton falls to 7-4.
- The Judges improve to 13-15-2 against the Lyons with their fifth-straight win in the series.
Brandeis opens University Athletic Association (UAA) play on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. when they take on Carnegie Mellon University, the No. 7 team in the nation according to D3soccer.com.