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Judges tame Bears, holding them to a 3-0 Shutout

Published: September 29, 2006
Section: Sports

Brandeis mens soccer extended its undefeated streak to three games with a 3-0 thumping of visiting Bridgewater State on Sept. 27. Ben Premo 09 continued his offensive outburst with two goals in the contest. For the Judges, it was a strong performance against a team that is probably NCAA tournament-bound. As Coach Mike Coven put it, To beat them is another feather in our cap.

The Judges started the scoring just over five minutes into the contest when Premo took first-year Tyler Morrills long feed and banged it in for his fifth goal of the year, giving Brandeis the 1-0 lead. The Judges launched six more shots in the half, but all for naught. The first half ended with the Judges up by one.

The first 15 minutes of the game we really played well I thought, and then we had a lapse. We were just sort of kicking it downfield, there was no combination play, our passing game really fell apart. Then about ten minutes into the second half we really started to put it together, and once we started passing the ball amongst our players and we got some combination play in, we did well, Coach Coven explained afterwards about the difference between their first half and second half play.

In the second half, Brandeis shut the door on the Bears. Premo put in his second goal (sixth of the year) in the 63rd minute thanks to a Billy Murphy 10 feed. With the defense surrendering only one shot in the half, senior Mike Snyders goal in the 81st minute proved to be an extra bolt in a steel coffin.

Brandeis doubled up Bridgewater State on the shot chart 15-6 and held a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. Taylor Bracken 10 had two saves to earn his third career shutout. Premos two goals marked the third time this season he has had a multi-goal game. Coach Coven was laudatory about Premo's performance.

Hes a goal scorer, thats what you want, thats what you expect. Hes a great goal-scorer, thats why we recruited him and hes going to score a lot of goals and thats what he did. He did his job and he did it well.

Brandeis faces their toughest opponent yet when they play currently undefeated UAA Conference rival Case Western (8-0-1) at home on Sept. 30. The game starts at 1 p.m. and is the first inter-conference game for the Judges. The win gives the Judges a 3-2-3 mark this season.