November 7, 2007

Pacheco scores twice to lead Brandeis women past Emerson, 3-0, in ECAC quarters

WALTHAM, Mass. -- The Brandeis University women's soccer team got a pair of goals from rookie forward Tiffany Pacheco (Rehoboth, Mass.) as the top-seeded Judges defeated No. 8 Emerson College, 3-0, in the opening round of the ECAC Division III New England championships.

Brandeis (11-6-2) got all the scoring they would need in the 24th minute. Sophomore midfielder Melissa Gorenkoff (Woodbury, N.J.) took a pass from senior forward Tzlil Castel (Boston, Mass.) near the goal-line in the right corner. Gorenkoff dribbled closer to the box and curved a ball into the net for her eighth goal of the season. The score tied her for the team lead this season.

The Judges added their second goal just under five minutes before the half. Pacheco took a pass from classmate Taryn Martiniello (Wilmington, Mass.) and dribbled past the goalkeeper, enabling her to put the ball into the far side of the net. It was Pacheco's third goal of the season. She added goal number four in the 76th minute on an assist from Gorenkoff.

Emerson (13-5-4) sees its season come to an end despite a fine performance by goalkeeper Katie Hartman, who kept her side in the game with 16 saves, including 10 in the second half. Brandeis outshot the Lions, 33-14, and owned a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks for the match.

Brandeis will take on fifth-seeded MIT in the semifinals on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. The Judges defeated the Engineers, 3-2, in the season opener for both teams.