Fast start leads men past WashU, 3-0

Max Breiter '20 (photo by
Max Breiter '20 (photo by

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University men's soccer team scored twice in the first five minutes of the contest as the Judges went on to defeat visiting Washington (Mo.) University, 3-0, in a University Athletic Association (UAA) contest on Gordon Field today. With the win, the Judges improve to 8-3-4, 2-1-1 in the UAA. The Bears fall to 6-5-1, 1-3-0 UAA.

The Judges wasted little time breaking the ice in this one, scoring on their first two shots. In the 3rd minute, senior back Dylan Hennessy (New York, N.Y./Northfield Mount Hermon) lofted a ball into the box from the left flank. Classmate Max Breiter (Lincoln, Mass./Lawrence Academy) shed a defender to get a head on it, pushing it just over the line for his fourth goal of the season. The assist was Hennessy's fourth of the season, tying him with five others for the UAA lead.

Just two minutes and 22 seconds later in the 5th minute, rookie forward Will DeNight (Miami, Fla./MAST Academy) took advantage of a Bear turnover deep in the defensive end. He dribbled once to the top of the 18-yard line and unleashed a strike past Bear senior Connor Mathes for his sixth goal of the season, taking the UAA lead in goals and points (12).

The Judges were able to withstand WashU pressure for the rest of the half, as the Bears outshot them 11-7 before the intermission. After halftime adjustments, the visitors stayed aggressive, but it was Brandeis that scored the only goal of the stanza in the 77th minute. Rookie Elias Norris (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) intercepted a Washington pass in the defensive midfield and dribbled all the way to the top of the Bear 18-yard box. He ripped a shot just inside the near post for his second score of the season.

For the game, WashU outshot Brandeis, 20-12, but the Judges had a 5-4 edge in shots on goal. The Bears also earned six corners to three for the hosts. Brandeis senior Greg Irwin (Passaic, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) made four saves, two in each half, to earn his sixth shutout of the season and the 12th of his career. Mathes had two stops in the losing effort.

The three goals scored against WashU were the most by the Judges since 1993, while the three-goal margin of victory was Brandeis's largest-ever against the Bears. The Judges trail the all-time series, 11-18.3, but are 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings.

The Judges play their next three matches on the road, starting with a non-conference contest at Springfield on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. WashU is off until next Sunday when they take on Wisconsin-Platteville on the road.