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Women’s soccer ties Springfield, shuts out Bridgewater State

Published: September 18, 2009
Section: Sports


Heading off: Brandeis forward Kelly Cozzens ‘11 (No. 4, right), goes up for a header against Bridgewater State defender Christina Amaral (No. 8, left). <br /><i>PHOTO BY Andrew Rauner/The Hoot</i>

Heading off: Brandeis forward Kelly Cozzens ‘11 (No. 4, right), goes up for a header against Bridgewater State defender Christina Amaral (No. 8, left).
PHOTO BY Andrew Rauner/The Hoot

After going into two overtimes against the Springfield College Pride last Saturday, the final score remained 0-0. The Judges also shut out Bridgewater State College at home on Tuesday with a 6-0 victory. The shutout against Springfield on Saturday was the 17th career shutout for goalkeeper Hillary Rosenzweig ’10, putting her just two shy of tying the school record.

Rosenzweig and Springfield’s goalie Hannah McDougle both ended the game with four saves. The teams were nearly evenly matched despite the fact that Springfield entered ranked 18th in the country for Division III soccer.

The best scoring opportunity for the Judges came just over 16 minutes into the game by forward Tiffany Pacheco ’11. While Pacheco had an open net in front of her, her shot went just to the left of the post. With fewer than 10 minutes remaining in regulation Springfield had a free kick, but was unable to translate it into a goal as the ball sailed over the top of the net.

The teams were forced into overtime. Despite the additional time, neither the Pride nor the Judges were able to get the ball into the net. Brandeis finished the game with a 16-14 shooting advantage, but those extra two shots proved meaningless. With the tie Springfield moved to 3-0-1.

The atmosphere at the Judge’s next game on Tuesday against Bridgewater State could not have been more different. Bridgewater managed only three shots on goal over the entire game while the Judges had 13, as well as six goals from five players and assists from four. Although Rosenzweig missed out on an opportunity for her 18th career shutout, she played the majority of the game and registered two saves before Elyse Phillips ’12 came in for the final 17 minutes and put up one save to earn the win.

The first goal of the game for the Judges came only eight minutes in. Melissa Gorenkoff ’10 put away her first goal of the season off an assist by Pacheco. Pacheco put a long through ball that allowed Gorenkoff to be one-on-one against Alllison Dexter, the keeper for Bridgewater State. Bridgewater attempted to respond within a minute with a shot on goal, but Rosenzweig blocked it. Pacheco put up the next goal of the game at just over 21 minutes in thanks to assists from Ali Theodore ’12 and Gorenkoff. Gorenkoff had a perfect corner kick that Theodore was able to tip to Pacheco for the goal.

Just over thirty seconds later the Judges put up yet another goal, this time by Sofia Vallone ’11. Gorenkoff passed the ball to Vallone who angled a beautiful shot right into the net. The fourth and final goal of the first half came with less than a minute left on the clock before the break. Ruth Orbach ’11 had her first goal on the season when she headed in a service shot by Stevie Phillis ’13.

The Judges added the final two goals of the game in the second half. The first came in the 56th minute when Pacheco recorded her second of the game off an assist by Theodore. The final goal came in the 73rd minute by Kelly Cozzens ’11 after the ball deflected off the Bridgewater keeper. After this sixth goal Rosenzweig came out of the game and handed over the final minutes to Phillips, who put up one stop in her time in the net.

With two assists in the game, Gorenkoff moved up the Brandeis all-time charts to tie for second place with 21 in her career. She is just two behind first place. Pacheco also had an impressive game with a career-high five points, putting up two goals and an assist. Brandeis moved up to 3-1-1, including an undefeated 3-0 record at home, while Bridgewater fell to 1-2-1. The Judges played Roger Williams University on Thursday at 4 p.m., but the final score was not in before the paper went to press. Their next matchup will take place against Clark this Sunday Sept. 20 at noon.