WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University men's soccer team dropped its third 1-0 decision of the season this afternoon as the Judges fell on a late first-half goal to their rivals from Babson College. The Judges fall to 1-3-1 on the season, while the Beavers improve to 3-1.
In the 68th meeting between the two sides, the difference was a goal in the 42nd minute. After a Brandeis turnover deep in their own zone, Babson's Noah Labelle sent a low shot into the back left corner of the net for his second goal of the season.
The goal came just after Brandeis had two of its best chances of the game in the 40th minute. The defense cleared out a header off a Brandeis corner kick, then saw rookie Toby Marwell (New York, N.Y. / Hunter Science) denied on a follow-up by Babson's Itai Rubin.
Judge junior goalkeeper Aiden Guthro (Newburyport, Mass. / Newburyport) kept his side in the game with six saves, including a pair of terrific stops in the 19th minute on Babson's Ross Shellow and Robert Dunne.
Brandeis was outshot for the game, 19-4, including 7-2 in shots on goal. Rubin had two saves for the home team. Babson also had an 8-4 edge in shots and the Beavers were whistled for 13 fouls to eight for the Judges.
Babson takes a 31-27-10 lead in the all-time series. It was the 10th time in the last 12 games that the matchup has been decided by one goal. The teams have alternated wins and losses in the last five meetings.
Four of Brandeis's five games have been decided by 1-0 scores this season, with the Judges going 1-3. They also have a scoreless draw on their slate. The Judges return to action next Saturday when they take on Tufts University at home at 1 p.m.