Jasak leads women's soccer to 3-2 win over MIT in season opener

WESTON, Mass. – Brandeis University senior midfielder Sarah Jasak (Middletown, N.J.) scored two goals and assisted a third today as the Judges defeated visiting MIT, 3-2, in non-conference women's soccer action on Gordon Field. It was the season opener for both teams.

MIT (0-1) got on the board first just 3:10 into the contest when senior forward Amy Ludlum (Mission Viejo, Calif.) knocked home a pass that rookie Erica Little (Sherborn, Mass.) chipped by a defender.

Brandeis (1-0) evened the score in the 26th minute when Jasak fed senior reserve forward Tzlil Castel (Boston, Mass.), who chipped the ball over Engineer netminder Stephanie Brenman (Newton, Mass.). The score went to halftime knotted at 1-1 despite a 13-3 shot advantage for the hosts.

In the second half, Ludlum gave the Engineers the lead just over eight minutes in. She rocketed a feed from sophomore midfielder Katie Pesce (Chattanooga, Tenn.) to far side of the net at the 53:01 mark.

Brandeis answered just seven minutes later. Sophomore forward Melissa Gorenkoff (Woodbury, N.Y.) took a free kick from 40 yards out that Jasak collected and knocked home for her first goal of the game. The Judges scored the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining in regulation on another free kick. Senior Lizzie Bremner (San Rafael, Calif.) slotted a pass beyond the edge of the MIT wall, allowing Jasak to break free alone on the goal and giving the Judges the cone-from-behind victory.

Despite the losing effort, Brenman made a fine showing in net for MIT, making 12 saves, including eight in the second half. Sophomore Hilary Rosenzweig (Boca Raton, Fla.) had one stop to pick up the victory for the Judges. Brandeis outshot MIT, 28-8, and owned a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Brandeis is next in action on Wednesday afternoon when they travel to Babson at 4:00 p.m., while faces Simmons at 7:30 p.m. the same night.