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Women's Soccer: Nothing appealing about loss to Judges

Sonya Narla

Issue date: 10/17/08 Section: Sports
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Freshman Alexandra Litofsky had two of the Spartans' three shots-on-goal during Saturday's loss to Brandeis.
Media Credit: Shane Lu
Freshman Alexandra Litofsky had two of the Spartans' three shots-on-goal during Saturday's loss to Brandeis.

The Spartans faced Brandeis University last Saturday in Waltham, Mass. in a disappointing 4-0 loss. With this University Athletic Association (UAA) loss, the Spartans drop to 7-6 while Brandeis improves to 7-4-1. Though the Brandeis Judges outshot the Spartans in the first half, the Spartans played competitively; the first half ended at 0-0. The Spartans came out from halftime determined and optimistic. But the second half did not go as planned.

After Brandeis sophomore Taryn Martiniello scored directly on a corner kick in the 49th minute of play, the Spartans frantically tried to counter and tie up the score. Despite the Spartans' efforts, the Judges scored again in the 57th minute. Midfielder Alanna Torre crossed the ball to teammate Izabella Miranda; Miranda then sent the ball into the net for her fourth goal of the season.

"We lost focus after they scored an unlucky goal early in the second half, and we lost intensity from there," said Spartan sophomore Amy Baumann, who had three shots in the game. The Judges capitalized on this and continued to rack up the goals. Brandeis sophomore Kelly Cozzens found Tiffany Pacheco and Pacheco blasted the ball from 25 yards out to score the game's third goal at the 71:56 mark. Now down by three with less than 20 minutes remaining, the Spartans tried new tactics.

The Spartans gained some momentum in the attack and had six shots in the second half, though the Judges still outshot the Spartans 22-6 overall. Brandeis scored again with about four minutes remaining in play. Junior forward Melissa Gorenkoff crossed the ball to freshman Ali Theodore, who scored her first collegiate goal to finish up the game. Although the first half was competitive and scoreless, Brandeis came out strong with a big second half, scoring four goals, three of which were in less than 25 minutes. Alexandra Litofsky, Amy Baumann, and Kristina Vaci had the only shots for the Spartan effort. Laura Gabster, Liz Altenau, Amy Baumann, Jen Soo Hoo and netminder Kirsten McClain all played the full 90 minutes of the match. The Spartans play next in a double-header weekend consisting of two UAA matches against Emory and Carnegie Mellon.
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