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Men’s soccer finishes out non-conference play for the year with a win

Published: October 30, 2009
Section: Sports


A Winning Run: Brandeis soccer closes out non-conference play with a 2-0 shutout, bringing their record to 6-8-1 as they prepare to enter conference play Friday.<br /><i>PHOTO BY Yuan Yao/The Hoot</i>

A Winning Run: Brandeis soccer closes out non-conference play with a 2-0 shutout, bringing their record to 6-8-1 as they prepare to enter conference play Friday.
PHOTO BY Yuan Yao/The Hoot

The Judges played their last non-University Athletic Association (UAA) team of the season on Wednesday when they faced off against the Lasell Lasers on Gordon Field. Brandeis shutout the visitors 2-0 for their second shutout of the season and improved to 6-8-1 while Lasell fell to 9-5-3. This was the second straight win for the Judges.

“When you win a couple games you get on a roll. We’ve found that rhythm,” Head Coach Michael Coven said. “We’re playing well as a team. It’s a good group, good enthusiasm.”

The winning goal came in the 26th minute by midfielder Kyle Gross ’11. Midfielder Joe Eisenbies ’13 sent the ball to the top of the box. Gross was there waiting and took his shot. It deflected off a defender and into the net. This was the first career assist for Eisenbies and the second goal of the season for Gross.

“Once you start scoring goals you build that confidence. Kyle is playing very, very well; this is his second goal in two straight games,” Coven told The Hoot.

Brandeis continued to dominate from that point forward. The Judges out shot the Lasers 14-8 and of those 14 shots, 8 were on target. Unfortunately for the Lasers, they were unable to get a single shot on goal, thanks to a great defensive effort by the Judges. Brandeis keeper Matt Lynch ’11 got the shutout without having to make a single save.

“I’m pretty happy with the way we’ve been playing,” Coven added.

In he 52nd minute the Judges tacked on their second goal of the game. A hard shot by forward Lee Russo ’13 was headed for the mouth of the goal when a Laser defender tried to redirect the shot. Instead, he inadvertently sent the ball past Lasell goalie Julian Dutton and gave Brandeis a 2-0 lead.

“Alexander [Farr ’12] didn’t score but he did some really nice things,” Coven added.

The Judges will continue their UAA play on Friday at 5 p.m. when they take on Washington University on Gordon Field. Coven is hoping the success Brandeis has had against Springfield and now Lasell will help carry them through conference play. “Definitely the fact we’ve won 2 in a row gives us confidence against the UAA,” he said. “Hopefully we will continue to play well.”

After facing Washington University on Friday night, Brandeis will host the University of Chicago on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

“These teams are very, very good,” Coven said. “It’d be great for us to win both, that’d put us in 3rd in the UAA.”