Waltham, MA --- For the third game in a row, Brandeis University men's soccer senior captain Jake Picard (Suffield, CT) delivered a game-winning goal as the Judges handed visiting WPI their first loss, 1-0, in double overtime on Gordon Field tonight.
After the teams went back and forth in the first overtime period, Picard netted the game-winner 1:20 into the second frame. The play developed on the right side of the field, finding its way into a scrum inside the 18-yard box. Junior Zach Vieira (Andover, MA) flicked it into the open field on far side and Picard deposited it into the right corner of the net for his second overtime game-winner in a row.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- In the first half, Brandeis senior back Conor Lanahan (Avon, CT) nearly opened the scoring with a late header off a corner, but WPI's Riley Doherty (Shrewbury, MA) cleared the ball off the line.
- The Judges' best chance in the first 90 minutes came from senior Chris Bradley (East Brunswick, NJ), who hit the right joint between the crossbar and post in the 68th minute.
- Brandeis sophomore Ben Woodhouse (Suffield, CT) made his first save in the 94th minute, a diving stop to his right when WPI's Reese Petersen (Springfield, NJ) caught Woodhouse off guard directing traffic in front of the net.
- The Engineers were flagged for offside on a counterattack in the 93rd minute that could have produced a breakaway.
- Just over two minutes later, Judge sophomore midfielder Christian Hernandez (Revere, MA) tracked back to help thwart Brendan Nemes (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional).
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Regulation was an evenly played game, with Brandeis owning an 11-9 edge in shots, 5-0 on goal.
- In the first OT, WPI outshot Brandeis, 4-2, and put all four of those attempts on frame.
- The Engineers' Doherty also cleared a ball off the line early in the first OT off the foot of Hernandez.
- Woodhouse had four saves and turned in his third shutout in four starts for Brandeis.
- WPI's Connor Hoeckele (Granby, Conn./Granby) also had four stops in the losing effort
- Picard was named University Athletic Association (UAA) Offensive Player of the Week for his previous two game-winning goals this season.
- He now has nine career goals, five of which have been game-winners.
- His three game-winners this season are tied for most in the UAA.
- Brandeis is now 6-1 on the season.
- They are ranked #18 in the nation in Division III by D3Soccer.com, #25 by the NSCAA
- WPI falls to 5-1-1.
- The Judges lead the all-time series, 26-12-1.
- Brandeis has now handed the Engineers their first defeat of the season for the third time in the last four campaigns.
"It was a great game tonight between two outstanding teams," commented WPI head coach Brian Kelley. "I know we'll be ready to go for the next one."
Brandeis takes on defending NCAA Division III National Champions Tufts University on Saturday, September 26 at 2:30pm. in Medford. The Judges handed the Jumbos one of their only two losses last season. WPI is at cross-town rival Clark this coming Saturday at 1pm in its NEWMAC opener.
Release Courtesy Brandeis Sports Information