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Brandeis University's Community Newspaper — Waltham, Mass.

Men’s Soccer: The search for mediocrity

Published: November 7, 2008
Section: Comics, Sports

It has been a trying season for Coach Mike Coven’s squad. A promising 5-1 start to the season has long since been a distant memory as a seven game winless streak essentially dashed all hopes of an NCAA postseason bid and the season finale comes on the heels of a two game losing streak; extended by 1-2 loss in their home finale to Carnegie Mellon.

The game was a one-sided wallop as the Tartans peppered rookie Sean O’Hare with 23 shots but O’Hare’s career best 11 saves kept the Judges alive. Unfortunately, there was only so much he could do as UAA season leading point scorer and goal-getter Ricky Griffin opened the scoring at the 41st minute and notched the game winner at the 58-minute mark.

Ben Premo ’09 provided the lone tally for the Judges, his 10th goal of the season leaves him two points shy of being the fifth Brandeis player to achieve 100 career points and needs four points to secure fourth all time in order to supplant Sheldon Stewart’s ’06 101. Alexander Farr ’12 helped set up the assist for his 10th point of the season. Brandeis finished the regular season with a home record of 6-4-1.

The Judges will look to finish the regular season with a winning record and perhaps squeeze their way into an ECAC bid as they wrap up the season at New York University. This is a favorable match-up as the hometown Violets have yet to notch a win in conference play and are a meager 1-5-1 at home this season. One of the few bright spots this year for NYU is Branden Neal who leads the team with 7 goals and 14 points.

A winnable matchup upcoming for the Judges but which squad will Coach Coven preside before the Brandeis and NYU faithful? The competitive club who can fight the good fight against a nationally ranked club? Or the team that will slip slide their way into a losing regular season record?