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    Wsoccer marches into ECACs

    As October turned into November, the leaves finally changed color, the weather went back and forth between snow and sixty degree heat, and the Brandeis Womens Soccer team approached its final regular season match looking to make up for a couple of lopsided losses suffered in the previous week. The Judges game on Saturday against New York University marked the final regular season appearance of senior co-captains Lauren Gregor and Rachel Koffman.

    Fencing begins fight

    With the arrival of winter the Brandeis sports scene is making the transition from outdoor to indoor, and that means that the Womens and Mens Fencing teams are kicking off their seasons. Both teams are coached by William Shipman, who is returning for his twenty-fifth year at Brandeis. He took over the position in 1981, and this year will be assisted by Dan Korschun, Elif Sachs, and Kerry Walton. On the mens side, the team is led by co-captains Brendan Doris Pierce (07) and Jeremy Simpson (06), while Deborah Model (06) is serving as captain for the women.

    Soccer, anyone?

    Soccer has never been Americas game. Actually, its never even been in the top five. Football, baseball, basketball, and even hockey have constantly overshadowed what is easily the most popular sport in the rest of the world. In recent years, even NASCAR has managed to gain more of a hold on the American consciousness than soccer has. Considering the strides that both the mens and womens national teams have made in the last decade, this is a surprising trend. As of the September 2005 rankings, the American men stand at seventh in the world, while the women sit at second, trailing only the Germans. This past August, the mens national team claimed the North American championship in a spectacular Gold Cup against Panama. The men have also qualified for an unprecedented fifth straight World Cup.

    Wsoccer Home sick

    The Brandeis Womens Soccer team came into the last weekend of October with a lot to play for. Not only was it parents weekend and Fall Fest, but Fridays game was played at night under the lights, which was a first for womens soccer at Gordon Field. More importantly, however, the Judges kicked off Fridays match needing victories in two of their final three outings to secure a spot in the postseason. Unfortunately, with so much on the line, Brandeis turned in its most miserable efforts of the season, losing the two games by a combined 9-0 score. As a result, the team will not participate in any postseason tournament and needs a victory in its final game to merely even its record, as now the Judges sit a game below .500 at 7-8-1, with an awful 1-5 mark in the University Athletic Association.

    Wsoccer on home stretch

    After a tough stretch of losses against nationally ranked opponents, the Brandeis womens soccer team finally managed to put another win onto their record with a 1-0 victory over St. Josephs College last Saturday. The win lifts the Judges over the .500 mark, (7-6-1, 1-3-0 UAA) and gives them a small measure of momentum as they head into the final three games of the season. Remaining on the schedule are home games against UAA rivals Washington University, University of Chicago, and New York University. The Judges have not had much luck within their conference this year, coming away with just one win in four matches.

    Road Tripping

    Its been a tough week and a half for the Brandeis Womens Soccer Team. After starting the season 6-2-1, the Lady Judges confronted a stretch of four straight games against nationally ranked opponents, and they did not fare well. Though the Judges were able to keep each game competitive, they came out on the wrong end every time and saw their record fall to the .500 mark. The Judges now stand at 6-6-1 with five games left on the schedule, the final three of which are at home against UAA opponents.


    We shared a moment, once. Im sure of it. Once upon a time, as the stories say. But if there ever was such a moment its long since vanished into the wind. Its spiraled away into the heavens to be watched by angels, because here we are, you and me, standing in the kitchen staring at each other, and all I see in your eyes is revulsion. Contempt. Scorn. You look as though you want me to die and disappear into the floor. I cant see any of the light that once drew me into your heart and into your head. It seems like that happened a lifetime in the past, or maybe it was only three minutes ago. I cant remember now, because Im blinded by your hate. Its gutting me. It makes me want to scream. But I wont scream. I cant let that happen, because if it does I wont be able to stop. Torrents of words will stream out, confessions, lies, truth, prose, tales from yesterday, anything to make you put away the steel thats pouring out of you. Anything to make you stop stepping towards the door. I cant believe that its come to this. Im stuck in a struggle for our future. I can hear the sound of the T.V. that we left on in the living room, and feel the thump of the neighbors stereo through the wall.

    Rochester pours it on against Judges

    Last Saturday, in their second of four consecutive games against nationally ranked opponents, the Brandeis Womens soccer team allowed a late goal and fell to the University of Rochester by a 2-1 score. With the loss the Judges, ranked seventh in New England, fell to 6-4-1 (1-1-0 UAA) for the year. The Rochester Yellow Jackets improved to 7-1-1, and are currently ranked 16th in the nation.

    WSoccer play mad hatter act against Westfield State

    There are two ways that a soccer team can respond to a tough loss. The first is to carry the disappointment into the next match, which typically results in a flat and uninspired effort. The second is to come out full-throttle and immediately get back on track, and that is exactly what the Brandeis Womens team did on Tuesday against Westfield State.

    WSoccer settles for 2-2 tie with Springfield

    On a day when one of their own was honored for her offensive achievements, the Brandeis Womens soccer team left it up to the defense to pull out a tough 2 -1 victory over Wellesley on Tuesday.