MEDFORD, Mass. (courtesy Tufts sports info) --
Sophomore Mimi Theodore (Walpole, Mass./Walpole)
scored her second career game-winning goal and set up another today
for the visiting Brandeis University Judges, who won 2-0 at Tufts
University in non-conference women's soccer action on a very windy
Wednesday afternoon at Kraft Field.
The victory ends a two-game losing streak for Brandeis (6-3-2), who defeated Tufts for the first time since 2004 after four straight losses. Tufts falls to 4-4 with their second straight non-conference loss.
The Jumbos may have had a slight edge in forward movement early in the game, but it was Brandeis that capitalized first. Junior Tiffany Pacheco (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton Rehoboth Regional) sent a long shot from the right side that Jumbo keeper Kate Minnehan (Hopkinton, N.H.) saved, but could not control. Theodore was on the spot for the rebound and tucked it under Minnehan at 25:13 for a 1-0 Judges lead.
With 6:30 remaining until halftime, Tufts had its best opportunity of the first 45. Sophomore Alix Michael (Mercer Island, Wash.) dribbled through traffic and passed to classmate Jamie Love-Nichols (Cortez, Colo), but her shot glanced off the post. Brandeis keeper Hillary
Rosenzweig (Boca Raton, Fla./Spanish River) stopped a low attempt by Tufts junior Bailey Morgan (Universal City, Texas) with out-stretched arms in the final minute, keeping the Brandeis lead at 1-0 for halftime.
Shots were even 5-5 at the break. Rosenzweig had four saves for Brandeis
and Minnehan made three for Tufts.
The Jumbos hit metal again early in the second half when junior Sarah Nolet (Los Altos, Calif.) drove a shot from outside the box off the crossbar 12 minutes in.
Late in the period, a strong offensive run by Brandeis resulted in the insurance goal. Theodore passed to junior Sofia Vallone (Westport, Conn./Staples) outside the 18, and her hard shot sailed into the lower left corner in the 85th minute.
Brandeis finished with an 11-9 edge in shots, while Tufts held a 3-1 margin in corners. Both keepers made seven saves. The shutout was the 19th of Rosenzweig's career, tying her for Brandeis's all-time lead with Justine McBride '92.
Tufts hosts Colby on Homecoming Day in Somerville Saturday at 3:30 pm.
Brandeis plays under the lights on Saturday in a UAA game against Rochester.