September 24, 2006

Brandeis women rally to win fifth straight, 2-1, over Bowdoin

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University women's soccer team scored two second-half goals less than three minutes apart today as the Judges rallied from a halftime deficit to defeat visiting Bowdoin College, 2-1, on Gordon Field.

Brandeis (5-2) won its fifth straight match with the victory while handing Bowdoin (2-2-2) its second straight loss. The Judges defeated the Polar Bears for the first time in four meetings.

Bowdoin had much better of the play in the first half, outshooting Brandeis by an 11-6 margin. It looked like the Polar Bears would have nothing to show for the advantage until the final minute of the half. With 26 seconds remaining before the horn, junior forward Kat Whitley (Birmingham, Ala.) took advantage of a turnover deep in the Brandeis zone and fed classmate Ann Ziegler (Washington, D.C.). Ziegler sent a rocket from 20 yards out that went under the crossbar for her team-leading third goal of the season.

Brandeis had the better of the play after the intermission, earning seven shots to Bowdoin's four. The Judges scored the equalizer in the 70th minute. Senior back Brittany Douglass (Tarzana, Calif.) took a free kick just over the midfield line, sending it into the box. Junior midfielder Sarah Jasak (Middletown. N.J.) ran it down and put it past Bowdoin sophomore keeper Kelly Thomas (West Hartford, Conn.) for her third goal of the season.

The Judges tallied the game winner just 175 seconds later. Rookie midfielder Melissa Gorenkoff (Woodbury, N.Y.) slammed a ball from about 30 yards out that Thomas couldn't handle. It was the first collegiate goal of Gornekoff's career.

Sophomore netminder Amber Debole (Swampscott, Mass.) made three saves Brandeis to earn her third win in a row. Junior Katherine Popoff (Taipei, Taiwan) had five stops to keep the Judges off the board in the first half, while Thomas had one save and suffered the loss.

Brandeis is next in action with a non-conference match Tuesday at Westfield State College at 7:00 p.m., while Bowdoin has a NESCAC tilt against Amherst next Saturday at 11:00 a.m.