Soccer teams move on to Sweet 16
Brandeis is one of just five schools whose women’s and men’s soccer teams are both still alive in the NCAA Division III Tournaments, joining Amherst, University of Chicago, Messiah and Trinity (Texas). It marks the second straight year the Judges have accomplished the feat.
The Brandeis women (14-3-4) will host the third and fourth rounds of the tournament on Saturday at Gordon Field. The Judges will face McDaniel College (18-2-1) at 11 a.m., followed by William Smith (20-0) and Amherst (17-2-1) at 1:30 p.m. The winners will meet at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the winner advancing to the Final Four.
Tickets will be available on the day of the game. Prices are $6 for general admission, $3 for senior citizens and students with a valid ID, and $2 for children ages 3-12.
The women’s team advanced by winning a pair of games at the College of New Jersey in Trenton. Behind a pair of goals from sophomore Hannah Maatallah, Coach Denise Dallamora’s squad got past Virginia Wesleyan College, 3-0, in its first match. After falling behind the host Lions midway through the first half in the second match, Brandeis junior Samantha Schwartz scored from 15 yards way to tie the score with four minutes left in regulation. The teams were unable to score in the 20 minutes of overtime, sending the match to penalty kicks. A pair of seniors came up big for Brandeis, as goalkeeper Alexis Grossman saved two of TCNJ’s four shots, and Cidney Moscovitch scored on the fifth shot to send the team to the next round.
Coach Mike Coven’s men’s team didn’t have to travel too far for their first two matches, as they made their way down Route 16 to Babson College in Wellesley. The Judges won their opener against Western New England, 2-1, as senior Zach Vieira scored on classmate Josh Ocel’s second assist of the match four minutes into extra time. In the second game, senior Mike Lynch, junior Marino Espiga and Vieira scored in a 3-0 victory against St. Joseph’s (Maine).