Late Tufts goal spoils Castel hat trick and women's soccer upset bid, 4-3

MEDFORD, Mass. (courtesy Tufts Univ. sports information) -- Brandeis University senior forward Tzlil Castel (Boston, Mass.) scored three goals in less than six-and-a-half minutes in the first half, but the host Tufts University women's soccer team got the game's last goal with 100 seconds left on the clock to give the host Jumbos a 4-3 non-conference victory. Tufts entered the game ranked No. 17 in the nation.

Tufts (7-1) set the tone for the first half when senior Lauren Fedore (East Lansing, Mich.) scored just 28 seconds into the match, chipping a low cross from sophomore Whitney Hardy (Truckee, Calif.) over the goalie. The hosts extended their lead to 2-0 less than five minutes later on sophomore Cara Cadigan’s (Nahant, Mass.) goal from Ali Maxwell (Exeter, N.H.).

Brandeis (6-3-1) stormed back with authority, as Castel and first-year Tiffany Pacheco (Rehoboth, Mass.) combined on three straight goals in less than seven minutes. Castel scored all three and was assisted by Pacheco on each, including a header by Castel off a cross from the left side in the 23rd minute that put the Judges in the lead at 3-2.

Cadigan struck again, her ninth goal of the season, in the 31st minute when she kicked in a rebound off the post. The game went to halftime tied at 3-3.

Tufts had a definite advantage in the second half, finishing with a 15-4 margin in shots and 5-0 on corners. Minutes before her game-winning goal, Furtek had a great opportunity that was saved by Brandeis keeper Hilary Rosenzweig (Boca Raton, Fla.). However, with 1:40 on the clock, Furtek placed a shot from outside the 18 inside the left post to win it for the Jumbos.

First-year goalkeeper Hannah Jacobs (Mill Valley, Calif.) earned the win for the Jumbos, entering in the second half and not allowing a goal while making three saves. Rosenzweig finished with eight stops for the Judges.