#23 Judges shut out Carnegie Mellon, 1-0, in UAA women's soccer action

Waltham, Mass.-- Despite inclement weather, Brandeis earned a 1-0 victory this afternoon over Carnegie Mellon University in their third University Athletic Association (UAA) competition. The Judges (10-2-1, 2-1 UAA) recorded their sixth shutout of the season over the Tartans (6-6, 0-3 UAA).  This is the fifth season in a row the Judges have won at least 10 games.

The first half was scoreless, with both teams taking relatively few shots.  At 9:44, sophomore keeper Francine Kofinas (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) made her first save off a header by Katie Davis (Glen Gardner, N.J./Voorhees).  With the wind at their backs, the Tartans out-shot the Judges 4-3 in the first half.  Nice attempts by junior midfielder Alanna Torre (Weston, Fla./American Heritage School) and rookie forward Hilary Andrews (New Bedford, Mass./Dartmouth) toward the end of the first half gave Brandeis the momentum going into the second period.

Senior forward Tiffany Pacheco (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth Reg.) scored the game winner at 47:26 curving the ball into the net off a corner kick.  Pacheco's seventh goal of the season ties her along side Melissa Delowe '03 for fourth place on the Brandeis all-time scoring list with 79 points (28 goals, 23 assists). Her 28 career goals tie her for seventh place with Tina Mowrey '93 and Erin McKenna '94.

The Judges saw some clutch defensive plays from rookie defender Kelly Peterson (Houston, Texas/Clear Lake) and junior Ali Maresca (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo). Peterson stepped in front of a shot on goal in the second half for a team save.  While Maresca cleared balls of the line, helping preserve the shutout.

Between the posts, Kofinas notched her second career shut out with four saves, bringing her season total to 48.

Carnegie Mellon will play New York University on Sunday, October 17 at NYU. The Judges are next in action on Sunday against Emory University at Brandeis.