BRANDEIS WOMEN TOP TUFTS FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1996, 3-0

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER FINAL SCORE
Brandeis 3    Tufts 0

At Waltham, MA
Tuesday, October 5, 2004

Tufts (2-3-2) 0 0 = 0
Brandeis (9-1) 2 1 = 3

Scoring: B, Jessica Druckman (Brittany Douglass, Lauren Gregor) 0:44; B, Lisa Kaplin (Melissa Gordon) 24:49; B, Tzlil Castel (Gregor) 84:38.

Goalkeeping: T, Meg McCourt (45:00 - 2 GA) 2 saves; Annie Ross (45:00 - 1 GA) 2 saves.

Shots: T, 28; B, 13.

Corner Kicks: T, 7; B, 4.

WALTHAM - The Brandeis University women's soccer team scored the game-winning goal just 44 seconds into the contest today as the Judges defeated visiting Tufts University, 3-0, on Gordon Field. The win was Brandeis' first in the series since 1996, snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Jumbos.

Brandeis (9-1), ranked fifth in New England, took advantage of an early foul deep in the Tufts zone. Sophomore back Brittany Douglass (Tarzana, CA) came up to take the free kick. She sent the ball deep to junior forward Lauren Gregor (Holliston, MA), who sent a line drive across the goal mouth, where it was headed in by junior Jessica Druckman (Hazlet, NJ), who scored her fourth goal of the season.

The Judges doubled the lead in the 25th minute, when sophomore back Melissa Gordon (Islip, NY) stepped into the field after throwing the ball in. She got the ball back, and sent it to the far post, where sophomore forward Lisa Kaplin (Armonk, NY) redirected it home for her team-leading eighth goal of the season. Brandeis added an insurance goal when Gregor picked up her second assist of the game by threading a ball to rookie Tzlil Castel (Boston, MA), who scored her first collegiate goal.

The Jumbos did have a large 28-13 advantage in shots and a 7-4 edge in corners, but could not make use of their opportunities.

Tufts (2-3-2) saw its two-game winning streak snapped with the loss. Senior Meg McCourt (Rochester, NY) made two saves in the first half, while sophomore Annie Ross (Newton, MA) had two in the second stanza. Brandeis junior Natasha Pieciak (Three Rivers, MA) had 10 saves, a season-high, for her fifth solo shutout of the season and the team's sixth overall.

The Jumbos head to Brunswick, Maine, for a noon NESCAC game against Bowdoin on Saturday while next up for Brandeis is their home UAA conference opener against Case Western Reserve University Saturday at 11 a.m.

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