WALTHAM, Mass. - The Brandeis University women's soccer teamdropped their second-straight game to a nationally-ranked opponenttoday, falling to No. 19 Tufts University, 1-0, on Gordon Field ona late goal by the Jumbos.
The game was tight in the firsthalf between the Jumbos (6-1) and the Judges (6-4-1). Tufts startedstrong in the first seven minutes, getting off four shots on goal.Brandeis junior goalie Hillary Rosenzweig (BocaRaton, Fla.) was up to the challenge, making saves on all four.
The Judges rallied, getting thenext six shots of the game, including three from junior forwardMelissa Gorenkoff (Woodbury, N.Y.). Tufts juniornetminder Kate Minehan (Hopkinton, N.H.) made a nice save in the32nd minute to keep the game even. The shots in thefirst half ended up 6-5 in favor of the Judges.
In the second half, Tufts juniorforward Cara Cadigan (Nahant, Mass.) got off two early good shots,including a blast that Rosenzweig tipped over the top of the net.Gorenkoff was able to get off two more shots on net in the65th and 70th minute, but it was a Tufts shotin the 86th minute that was the decider.
After a scramble, rookie forwardJamie Love-Nichols (Cortez, Colo.) found junior forward Ali Maxwell(Exeter, N.H.) just outside the box. Maxwell sent the ball on netto the far side, where it slipped just under the outstretched handsof Rosenzweig into the upper-left corner of the net. It wasMaxwell's third goal of the season. Brandeis earned a corner kickin the final two minutes, but were unable to put the ball on net,as the Jumbos were able to kill the rest of the clock.
Rosenzweig made a season-high 10saves in the losing effort. Three of Brandeis's four losses thisseason have come at the hands of teams that were among the top 25in the latest NSCAA national poll (#10 Rochester, #19 Tufts and #22Springfield). Minnehan made three stops for the Jumbos, whorecorded their sixth shutout of the season.
Brandeis is next in action onSaturday morning at 11 a.m. in their home University AthleticAssociation (UAA) opener against Case Western Reserve University.Tufts has a NESCAC game at Middlebury College at 1 p.m. onSaturday.