Aug. 30, 2008
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Brandeis University picked up its second straight season-opening win over MIT as it defeated the Engineers, 4-0, in non-conference women’s soccer action on Saturday. Izabella Miranda tallied a goal and an assist coming off the bench for the Judges (1-0).
The early stages were a defensive battle as neither side could get the ball past the midfield. Brandeis eventually broke through in the 14th minute as Alanna Torre headed in a corner kick by Taryn Martiniello to the right side of the net. The Engineers (0-1) nearly countered 10 minutes later when Alisha Lussiez’s shot deflected off a Brandeis defender and resulted in a corner kick. On the ensuing attempt the Judges intercepted the low pass, ending the scoring threat. Brandeis extended its margin in the 29th minute when Sofia Vallone directed a cross from Miranda to the lower right corner of the goal.
The Judges registered their third goal of the day after 44 seconds expired in the second stanza. Following a scramble in front of the net, Tiffany Pacheco found enough space to squeeze the ball through for her first tally of the season. MIT’s best chance to get on the board came midway through the half on an indirect kick, but Katie Pesce’s strike was just out of Vicky Thomas’ reach. Miranda capped the scoring for Brandeis in the 59th minute after converting a cross from Melissa Gorenkoff.
In net, Stephanie Brenman collected three saves for the Engineers. Hillary Rosenzweig and Natasha Pieciak split the game for the Judges with each picking up a save.
Both teams will continue action at home on Wednesday, Sept. 3. MIT will host Simmons College while Brandeis will take on Gordon College.