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Women’s soccer scores 10 in home finale

Published: October 29, 2010
Section: Sports

PHOTO BY Nafiz R "Fizz" Ahmad

Though they had previously posted an impressive 7-1-1 record at home, the members of the women’s soccer team saved their most striking effort for the final game of their home campaign. With a 10-0 win against visiting Lesley College (10-5-2), the 12-3-1 Judges left a striking final impression on their Gordon Field faithful.

The Judges have three more games—all conference matches against University Athletic Association opponents—to play this season. However, the team’s current mark of 12 wins already equates its highest regular season total since 2004.

Fittingly, on Senior Day, it was the members of the team’s senior class who led the Judges to their second highest goal output in school history. Led by forward Sofia Vallone ’11, who registered her second hat trick of the season, the four senior Judges totaled seven goals and six assists. Vallone’s co-captains, Tiffany Pacheco ’11 and Taryn Martiniello ’11 tallied one goal and three assists, and two goals and one assist, respectively. Ellie Einhorn ’11 chipped in one goal on two shots.

Vallone got the Judges on the board just 10:34 into the contest, as her follow-up on a Pacheco shot was good for her team high 13 goal of the season. Thirteen minutes later, the Mimi Theodore ’12 show began. The Walpole, Mass. native picked up her first helper of the contest by finding Madeline Stein ’14 with a pass through the box. After two and a half more minutes of play, Theodore delivered another clean pass—this one of the longer variety—to Vallone, who then recorded her second goal of the day.

Lesley’s Lynx totaled six shots before intermission, only one on goal. Brandeis scored its first half total of three goals on 13 shots in the first 45 minutes of action.

The Brandeis attack picked up where it left off shortly after play was resumed. Vallone returned Theodore’s earlier favor with a pass through Lesley’s offside trap. Though the Lynx drew Brandeis offside 21 times, Theodore beat the trap, finishing a goalmouth chance for her eighth marker of the year.

Stein added her second goal of the day on a slow roller that snuck by out-of-position keeper Corinne Dasti in the 59th minute. Eleven minutes later, Einhorn showed she too could beat the trap, finding her own pass and the back of the net for her second goal of the year and the Judges’ sixth of the day.

Pacheco supplemented the Brandeis offense with a goal of her own before Vallone completed her hat trick at 82:15. Martiniello, a defensive stalwart who has played every minute in all but one of her career total of 80 games, capped off the scoring with a pair of goals 32 seconds apart in the 86th minute.

Francine Kofinas ’13 and Leah Sax ’14 combined on the four-save shutout for Brandeis.

The Judges travel to Missouri for their next match, Friday’s contest against Washington University in St. Louis. WashU’s Bears own an 8-5-2 record (2-0-2 in UAA play) on the season. Brandeis has gone 2-2 in conference play.