WALTHAM, Mass. – Brandeis University junior Evan Jastremski (Marshfield, Mass. / Marshfield) scored 62 seconds into the second overtime period tonight, delivering the Judges a 2-1 victory over RPI in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournament. Brandeis improves to 18-2-1 on the season and advances to the Sweet 16 of the tournament for the fourth-straight year. RPI's season comes to a close with a 12-5-3 mark.
RPI – 89:03 – Paul Lentine (Andrew Gondek)
Brandeis – 101:02 Evan Jastremski (unassisted)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Brandeis struck first early in the 8th minute when junior Josh Ocel (No. Attleboro, Mass./Worcester Academy) connected with the head of sophomore Patrick Flahive (Chatham, Ill./Worcester Academy) on a free kick. Flahive flicked it home for his fourth goal of the season, while the assist was Ocel's 10th.
- The Judges controlled play in regulation, but were unable to get any insurance. They hit a post in the 38th minute and a crossbar in the 85th minute.
- RPI equalized with 57.7 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Off a free kick deep in the Brandeis zone with a crowded 18-yard box, Brandeis sophomore Ben Woodhouse (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) came off his line to punch at the ball. He got a hand on it, but Engineer junior Andrew Gondek (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) collected it and got a shot off. It was sent away by a Brandeis defender, but senior Paul Lentine (Penfield, N.Y./Penfield Senior) slammed it home to force the extra sessions.
- After an uneventful first OT, Brandeis scored in a similar fashion to the RPI goal in the second. Ocel took a free kick from the left side into the box. Jastremski found the ball and took an initial shot that was saved by RPI sophomore Ryan Nealon (Somers, N.Y./Somers), but the Judge was persistent and slammed home the rebound for his third goal of the season.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Brandeis owned a 23-9 edge in shots, but it was just 12-8 after the first half.
- Nealon finished with six saves in the losing effort, while Woodhouse had one stop for the win.
- Flahive also scored Brandeis's first goal in their 2-1 NCAA tournament opener against Thomas College.
- Ocel became the 15th player in Brandeis history with 10 assists in a season. He is one shy of becoming the 15th player with 20 career helpers despite playing just two seasons.
- All three of Jastremski's goals this season have been game-winners.
NCAA TOURNAMENT RUN
- Brandeis has won its last eight NCAA tournament matches at home, helping propel their streak of reaching the Sweet 16 each year since 2012.
- The Judges will face Trinity (Texas) University next weekend at a site and time to be determined. The Tigers handed the Judges one of their two losses this season, 2-0, on Sept. 5 in San Antonio.
- With the Brandeis women's team advancing past Amherst College (1-1 2 OT, 3-2 on PKs), Brandeis is one of two schools with both men's and women's soccer squads still playing, joined by Calvin (Mich.) College.