#13 Brandeis women's soccer tops MIT, 1-0, to start season

#13 Brandeis women's soccer tops MIT, 1-0, to start season

WALTHAM, Massachusetts — The Brandeis University women's soccer team, ranked 13th in the National Soccer Coaches Association of American Division III national poll, got the 2016 season off to a fine start tonight with a 1-0 victory over visiting MIT in a non-conference contest on Gordon Field.



  • The Judges got all the scoring they would need in the 27th minute.
  • After the MIT defense cleared the ball, Brandeis got a series of nice touches down the left sideline.
  • The ball made its way to sophomore Sam Volpe (Groton, Massachusetts/Groton School) who carried it to the end line and cut inside her defender towards goal.
  • Volpe found senior Lea McDaniel (Phoenix, Ariz./Chaparral) streaking towards goal. McDaniel knocked the ball into a wide-open net for the game's only score.



  • The goal was McDaniel's 11th of her career and the fifth game-winner.
  • McDaniel let all players with six shots, four of which were on goal.
  • Volpe's assist was her first collegiate point.


  • Brandeis outshot MIT, 15-11, for the game. Brandeis owned the shots in the first half, 14-5, but the Engineers had a 6-1 advantage in the second.
  • Senior Alexis Grossman (Syosset, New York/Syosset) made eight saves – four in each half.
  • Grossman's best save preserved the tie in the 80th minute, when she made a one-handed stop on Engineer Allie Werner's shot at the far post on a set play.
  • MIT senior Lauren Ullman had five saves in the losing effort.
  • Engineer sophomore defender Hailey Nichols cleared a McDaniel shot off the line during a scrum in the 16th minute.


  • Brandeis improves to 23-9-3 all-time against MIT.
  • It was the sixth one-goal game in the last eight meetings between the two teams.
  • Brandeis is 1-0 on the season, MIT falls to 0-1.


  • Brandeis takes on Lasell College at home on Sunday at 11 a.m.
  • MIT is at Worcester State on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

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