Handler golden goal lifts #4 men's soccer past Hobart, 2-1

Joshua Handler '19 (photo by Norman Cohen)
Joshua Handler '19 (photo by Norman Cohen)

GENEVA, N.Y. (info taken from a Hobart College press release)-- The fourth-ranked Brandeis University men's soccer team got a golden goal from junior Joshua Handler (Oakdale, Conn./Montville) less than two minutes before time expired to give the Judges a 2-1 victory over host Hobart College. The win was the first as head coach for Brandeis's Gabe Margolis

Brandeis improves to 1-1 this season, while the Statesmen fall to 0-2 The first half proved scoreless for both teams. In the 48th minute, sophomore Kyle Patrick put Hobart up 1-0. He had the ball just inside the box, and the Judges' keeper came out to play it, but wasn't able to get ahold of it. Patrick maneuvered around him and shot into the left side of the open net.

Brandeis responded just under three minutes later. Sophomore Jake Warren (Medway, Mass./Medway) pushed a pass to rookie Noah Gans (Newton, Mass./Newton South) on his left. Gans blasted a shot that hit the crossbar and then slid over the line to knot the game at 1-1. Neither team could find the game winner through regulation.

With 3:40 left in the first overtime period, Hobart had a flurry of action on its offensive end. Sophomore Tristan Cornell Roberts sent a cross from the left side out in front of the goal. Senior Adrian Colmenares was there to put a header on goal, but the Judges' senior keeper Ben Woodhouse (Suffield, Conn./Suffield) robbed the Statesmen's chance at the game winner with an outstanding save. Patrick also had a near miss for Hobart 6:26 into the second overtime, he drilled a shot off the crossbar.

 Finally, 8:24 into the second overtime period, Handler scored the golden goal. Senior Josh Ocel (North Attleboro, Mass./Worcester Academy) sent a short pass to Handler who settled the ball just inside the box. He fired his shot into the right side of the net to secure the victory for the Judges.

 Woodhouse finished with 10 saves in goal for Brandeis, tying a career-high set during last year's NCAA tourmament quarterfinal game against Amherst. Junior Alec Kaminer made four saves in all 108:24 in goal for Hobart. The Statesmen finished with an 18-10 advantage in shots and a 4-3 edge in corners. The Judges ended an 11 overtime game win streak for the Statesmen.

 Brandeis returns to action on Saturday, October 9, at 7 p.m. against their rivals from Babson College. The game will be the 65th in the most-played rivalry in Brandeis soccer history.