Women drop first OT game of season, 3-2, at Rochester

Emma Spector '20 (Photo by Sportspix.com)
Emma Spector '20 (Photo by Sportspix.com)

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Brandeis University women's soccer team went to overtime for the first time this season, but the Judges were unable to hold off host University of Rochester, who scored in the 95th minute to take a 3-2 University Athletic Association victory today. The Judges fall to 10-7 on the season, 1-5 in the UAA, while the Yellowjackets improve to 9-5-2, 1-4-1 UAA.

Brandeis twice had a one-goal lead, only to see Rochester equalize. The Judges opened the scoring in the 21st minute. After Brandeis drew a foul inside the 18-yard box, earning a penalty kick. Junior midfielder Daria Bakhtiari (Wilmington, Mass./Central Catholic) calmly knocked it home for her fifth goal of the season.

Rochester responded in the 25th minute as Madison Drenowatz drove on into the top right of the Brandeis net, with assists going to Giuliana Vasile and Carolyn Richards.

The Judges went back ahead in the 31st minute thanks to senior Emma Spector (Needham, Mass./Needham), who got a head on a cross from rookie back Ruby Siegel (Evanston, Ill./Evanston Township) and put home for her third of the campaign. The assist was the first of Siegel's college career.

UR responded again just under 10 minutes later with less than five to go in the half Drenowatz notched her second of the game, volleying home a cross from Emily Tompkins to square the match at 2-2. The goal was her 13th of the season, tied for most in the UAA.

Shots were 9-7 in favor of Rochester in the first half, but Brandeis had a 5-4 edge in shots on goal.

Despite 15 combined shots in the second half, neither team was able to get the ball past the respective goalies. The Yellowjackets put three shots on net, compared to two for the Judges.

Rochester was able to score the game-winning goal on the first shot of overtime. Cesca Shepard delivered a through-ball that put Richards in alone on Brandeis senior Victoria Richardson (Tolland, Conn./Tolland), and the UR player buried for the game-winner.

Richardson finished with four saves, while Emma Schechter of Rochester had five. The Judges also cleared one ball off the line. Rochester owned a 19-13 advantage in shots and 10-2 margin in corner kicks.

Brandeis will close out their regular season next Saturday at noon when they play host to NYU on Senior Day.