Women's Soccer at No. 15/18 Brandeis
Tuesday, September 22—3 p.m.
Gordon Field—Waltham, Mass.
Babson and Brandeis will meet for the 40th time on Tuesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1981. The Judges hold a slim 19-17-3 edge all-time over the Beavers.
Sapir Edalati scored twice and senior Holly Szafaran and Dara Spital both finished with a goal and two assists as Brandeis defeated Babson, 4-1, on October 4, 2012, in Waltham. Emily Anderson '13 notched the Beavers' lone goal in the 69th minute.
LAST BABSON WIN
Patty Pytlik '11 scored in the 71st minute and Sarah Macary '11 made six saves as the Green and White defeated Brandeis, 1-0, on September 9, 2009, in Babson Park.
SCOUTING THE JUDGES
No. 15 NSCAA/No. 18 D3soccer.com Brandeis (7-0-0) posted its fourth consecutive shutout in a 1-0 victory over Lesley on Saturday. Sophomore Haliana Burhans scored in the 25th minute for the Judges, who did not allow a shot on goal in the win. Junior Lea McDaniel (4-1-9) scored in four straight matches to open the year, while Burhans (3-1-9) has notched goals in back-to-back matches. Szafran (3-1-7) and junior Cidney Moscovitch (2-2-6) have combined for four game-winning tallies for Brandeis, which has had eight different players score at least one goal this fall. Junior goalkeeper Alexis Grossman has posted a 0.36 goals against average and a .778 save percentage to go along with three clean sheets in six starts.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (6-1-1), which debuted at No. 8 in last week's NSCAA regional rankings, is unbeaten in its last three matches following Saturday's 0-0 2OT draw at Mount Holyoke. First-year goalkeeper Maddison Gierschick made five saves to post her second career shutout for the Beavers. First-year Jessica Fernandes (4-2-10) is tied for sixth in the conference in scoring, while the trio of senior Meghan Tyson and juniors Taylor Goldsborough and Olivia Kerester have all scored two goals to go along with two assists. Gierschick and fellow first-year goalkeeper Elizabeth Mycock have combined to post a 0.24 goals against average and seven clean sheets in eight matches.
Tyson, who notched her first career assist in the 2012 meeting against Brandeis, and fellow senior Kristina Simonson are the only two players on the roster that have faced the Judges before.
With their draw at Mount Holyoke on Saturday, the beavers are now 8-0-4 in their last 12 road matches going back to the end of the 2013 season.
WINNING WITH DEFENSE
Thanks to a veteran defense that includes Simonson, fellow senior Leisl Bard, two-time All-NEWMAC selection Jennifer Narlee and sophomore Colleen Beggan, who garnered NEWMAC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday, the Green and White has conceded just two goal in its first eight matches.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have either led or been tied at halftime of nine consecutive games going back to last year.