BRISTOL, R.I. (taken from an RWU press release) –
For the second time this season, the Brandeis women's soccer team
battled for 110 scoreless minutes as the Judges earned a 0-0 draw
with host Roger Williams University today in the Hawks' home
opener. With the shutout, Brandeis senior Hillary
Rosenzweig (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) moved into a
tie for second place on the University's career shutout list with
Opportunities to score were abundant for both teams; yet timely defense and unlucky shots helped keep the game at a stalemate. In the 11th minute, Judge senior Melissa Gorenkoff (Woodbury, N.Y.) nearly put the visitors on the board in the opening half, sending a hard shot from outside of the box high to the center of the goal. Hawk freshman keeper Kristen Darling (Weymouth, Mass.) was able to get a leaping hand on the ball, punching it over the net to keep Brandeis off the scoreboard.
Later on, junior Tiffany Pacheco (Rehoboth, Mass.) of Brandeis fired a hard shot of her own at Darling in the 33rd minute. The force of the shot ricocheted off of Darling and almost trickled into the goal before she was able to corral it in.
In the second half, the Judges’ Mimi Theodore (Walpole, Mass.) had a clean look at the goal, taking a shot in the 60th minute that got past Darling, but just rolled past the left side post. Less than four minutes later, the Hawks nearly converted an opportunity of their own to put a goal on the board. Katie Fusaro (Hopkinton, Mass.) outran the defense on a long pass, forcing Rosenzweig to charge the ball. Though Fusaro was able to get a foot on the ball before Rosenzweig got to it, the shot sailed wide left.
The first overtime saw the Hawk offense put pressure on the defense of Brandeis, getting three shots off in the period. In the second overtime, the Judges turned the tables on the Hawks, outshooting RWU 4-1 in the period, including a kick by Pacheco that sailed wide in the final minute. That offensive possession would be the final offensive possession of the game, securing the tie.
Darling finished the game with six saves for Roger Williams, earning her first career shutout. Her counterpart Rosenzweig also made six saves in the game, recording her 18th career shutout as a Judge, tying for second on Brandeis’ all-time list and just one shy of 1992 graduate Justine McBride for the school record.
Roger Williams (3-2-1) will host Anna Maria College Saturday at 3:30 p.m., while Brandeis (3-1-2) is at home Sunday for a 12:00 p.m. game against Clark University.