Andrews, Kofinas lead No. 18 women's soccer past Wellesley, 1-0

WELLESLEY, Mass. (courtesy Wellesley College sports information) – A goal from rookie reserve forward Hilary Andrews (New Bedford, Mass./Dartmouth) in the 36th minute proved to be the difference as Brandeis University handed Wellesley soccer a hard-fought 1-0 loss on Wednesday afternoon on the Blue's home turf. The win lifts the Judges, ranked second in New England 18th in the nation to 7-1-1 overall, while the loss drops the Blue to 4-4-1 on the season.

The teams traded shots in the opening minutes of the game, but neither could find the net as Wellesley's Sarah Gray (Montclair, Va.) and Brandeis' Francine Kofinas (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) traded saves. The game remained scoreless until 36:07, when Andrews took a shot off a long pass from senior midfielder Ellie Einhorn (Winter Park, Fla./Trinity Park). Gray blocked the initial effort, but Andrews scored her second career goal on the rebound to give Brandeis a 1-0 halftime lead.

The Blue seemed to gain the upperhand at the start of the second period, taking three shots on goal through the through the first eight minutes. But Kofinas continued to hold the Blue scoreless with three consecutive saves. After a shot by Wellesley's Megan Turchi (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) sailed wide at 61:01, the Judges held the Blue offense in check, not allowing a shot for the next 24 minutes. Wellesley made a late surge, but two more saves from Kofinas secured the Judges the 1-0 win, her first collegiate shutout.

Brandeis out-shot the Blue 13-9, while Kofinas and Gray recorded eight saves each. Gray allowed one goal in the loss.

Brandeis returns to action on Saturday at 11:00am, when the Judges host UAA rival Case Western Reserve University in the league opener for both squads. The Blue take the field on Saturday at 1:00pm, when they host Springfield College as part of Wellesley Homecoming festivities.