#18 women's soccer wins first game as a ranked team, 2-0, over BSU

Mary Shimko '14
Mary Shimko '14

BRIDGEWATER, Mass. (courtesy Bridgewater State University sports information) – 18th ranked Brandeis University posted a 2-0 shutout of host Bridgewater State University in women's soccer action on Tuesday afternoon at Swenson Field.

The Judges, who improve to 5-0 on the season, have not been scored up this season as they have outscored their opponents by a margin of 14-0.  With their 14 goals, Brandeis also equaled their entire scoring output for the 2011 season.  Bridgewater falls to 3-1-1 on the year with their first loss of the 2012 campaign.

Brandeis got on the board early as junior midfielder Mary Shimko (Bay Village, OhioLake Ridge Acad.) scored off a feed from sophomore forward Sapir Edalati (Great Neck, N.J./Great Neck South) just 1:59 into the game.  Edalati slipped a pass down the middle of the field to Shimko who split the BSU defense and beat the Bears' netminder with a low shot into the right corner of the net. The goal was Shimko's third of the season, tying a career-high, and the eighth of her career.

The Judges would make it a 2-0 game with just 2:44 remaining in the opening stanza as sophomore midfielder Corinne Bortniker (Chappaqua, N.Y./Horace Greeley) one-timed a cross from sophomore midfielder Alyssa Fenenbock (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) and deposited the ball inside the left post.

The Brandeis goaltending tandem of senior Francine Kofinas (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) and sophomore Michelle Savuto (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) combined to make two saves in posting the team's fifth straight shutout.

Bridgewater managed to outshoot the Judges by a slight margin of 12-11, but attempted just one corner kick as opposed to ten for the visitors.

BSU goaltenders Kerry Condon (Junior; Whitman, Mass.) and Kristen Rowe (Senior; Burlington, Mass.) each made one save between the pipes for the Bears.

In upcoming action, Bridgewater entertains Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) foe Fitchburg State University on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 in the conference opener for both teams.  Brandeis hosts Bowdoin College on Saturday at 1 p.m.