WALTHAM, Mass. – The Brandeis University men's soccer team got a timely equalizer but could not reclaim the lead as the Judges fought to a 1-1 draw with Eastern Nazarene College on Gordon Field today.
- Brandeis, 3-2-2.
- Eastern Nazarene, 1-3-2.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Judges outshot ENC, 12-2, in the first half, but could not find the back of the net.
- ENC starting goalkeeper Antonio Soto Valente left the game in the first minute after suffering an injury during a corner kick, but his replacement, Erik Berg, came in and made a nice diving save on the first shot he faced in the fifth minute.
- The Judges also hit the crossbar twice on shots during the first half.
- The Lions opened the scoring just 23 seconds into the second half when Clide Neau took a feed from Joaquin Ferraro. Neau eluded a defender and struck a laser shot into the far right netting past a diving Max Blacker (Scotch Plains, N.J. / St. Benedict's Prep), who had come in in relief in the second half for the Judges.
- Berg made two nice saves in the next two minutes as the Judges came out hot for the equalizer.
- He added two more stops on Brandeis's Sancho Maroto Tobias (Acton, Mass. / Lexington) in the 51st and 53rd minutes before the Judges finally broke through in the 58th minute.
- Junior Max Horowitz (Swansea, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon) found sophomore back Andres Gonzalez (Doral, Fla. / Divine Savior Academy) with a cross from the left flank, and Gonzalez buried it for his first goal of the season.
- Both teams had opportunities the rest of the way, with ENC hitting a post in the 83rd minute and a late corner kick resulting in a high shot. Brandeis also had a pair of corners that they were unable to convert.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Brandeis finished with a 24-11 shooting advantage, though the second half was much closer, 11-9.
- The Judges had nine shots on goal to just one for the Lions.
- Brandeis also owned a 9-3 edge in corner kicks. The hosts were whistled for 12 fouls to 10 for ENC, but the Lions were given three yellow cards.
- Berg made eight saves after coming off the bench for ENC. Blacker and senior Aiden Guthro (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), who played the first 45 minutes, did not have any saves for Brandeis.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Gonzalez's goal was the second of his career.
- Horowitz recorded the second assist of his season and fourth of his career.
- ENC's Neau has scored four of his team's six goals this season.
- This was the first meeting between Brandeis and Eastern Nazarene since 1997. The Judges lead the series, 2-0-1.
- Brandeis travels to Clark University on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m.
- ENC hosts Emerson at the same time in their first home game of the season.