WALTHAM, Mass. - The Brandeis University women's soccer teamtook the first step in its attempt to three-peat as the EasternCollege Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III tournamentchampions today as the top-seeded Judges defeated eighth-seededCastleton State College, 3-0, under the lights of Gordon Field.
Brandeis (10-6-3) was led by junior forward TiffanyPacheco (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Regional), whoscored twice in the first half, finishing nice passes from herteammates. In the 13th minute, senior forwardMelissa Gorenkoff (Woodbury, N.Y./Syosset) sent anice cross through the box that Pacheco was able to one-touch home.It was Gorenkoff's team-leading ninth assist of the season,extending her career total to 27.
Junior midfielder Sofia Vallone (Westport,Conn./Staples) got the helper on Pacheco's goal in 39thminute. She sent a ball through the Castleton State defense, thatboth Pacheco and sophomore Ali Theodore (Walpole,Mass./Walpole) had a chance at. Pacheco took it and scored herninth goal of the season. It was her second multi-goal game of theseason and the fourth of her career.
Brandeis added an insurance goal in the second half in the67th minute. Sophomore back AlisonMaresca (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) registered her first careerpoint when she served a ball into the box. Classmate and reserveforward Kelly Doolittle (Bristol, Conn./BristolEastern) beat the keeper to the ball and deposited it for hersecond career goal and first of 2009.
Castleton State (11-7-2) was outshot in the game by a 28-6margin, but rookie goalkeeper Ericka Davis (Cambridge, Vt./LamoilleUnion) kept the Spartans in the contest with 12 saves. The Judgeswere able to contain North Atlantic Conference Player of the YearCourtney Chadburn (No. Clarendon, Vt./Mill River Union), holdingher to just one shot on goal.
Brandeis senior netminder Hillary Rosenzweig(Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) made four stops, pushing herschool-record totals to 22 shutouts and 37 victories. With the win,Brandeis advances to the ECAC tournament semifinals for the seventhyear in a row and clinches 10 wins in a season for the sixth timein the past seven campaigns. The Judges will take on fourth-seededMass. College of Liberal Arts, who defeated No. 5 Emmanuel, 3-0.Game time is expected to be noon on Saturday afternoon.