First-half flurry leads Washington U. women past Brandeis, 4-0

WALTHAM, Mass. – The visiting Washington University women's soccer team scored three goals in less than eight minutes in the first half and finished with a 4-0 University Athletic Association (UAA) victory over the host Brandeis University Judges. Tonight's contest was the first night women's soccer match played at Brandeis's Gordon Field.

Washington University (10-6-1, 2-3-0 UAA) opened the scoring in the 24th minute on a goal by rookie Caitlin Malone (Valparaiso, Ill.). After the ball bounced around in the box, Malone collected it and shot it off the far post and past Brandeis (7-7-1, 1-4-0 UAA) keeper Betsey Medow (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.). It was Malone's second goal of the season.

The Bears struck again less than three minutes later when sophomore midfielder Kim O'Keefe (Florissant, Mo.) took advantage of confusion in the box to blast a ball just under the crossbar from about 12 yards out. In the 32nd minute, WashU scored their third goal on a beautiful corner kick from the foot of junior midfielder Meghan Marie Fowler-Finn (Fort Wayne, Ind.) to the head of sophomore reserve forward Katie Campos (Buffalo, N.Y.), who tallied her first goal of the season.

The only goal of the second half came from Fowler-Finn, who scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 72nd minute. Junior Maila Labadie (Orinda, Calif.) picked up the assist.

In net, Medow made two saves in the first half, while sophomore Julie Scherr (Baltimore, Md.) had four stops in the second half for the Judges. WashU starter Nina Sass (Burr Ridge, Ill.) had one save in the first stanza, while sophomore back-up Carrie Sear (Evanstown, Ill.) had six saves in the second.

Brandeis next faces the University of Chicago on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., while Washington University heads to NYU, also a 1:30 Sunday start.