Late goal sinks women against NYU, 1-0

WALTHAM, Mass. – For the second time this season, the Brandeis women's soccer team surrendered a late goal in a University Athletic Association contest, dropping a 1-0 decision to rival NYU today. The Judges close their campaign with a 6-11-2 record, 0-5-1 in the conference, while the Violets finish the regular season at 12-6, 3-4 UAA.

      NYU scored the game's only goal in the 84th minute. Sophomore forward Erin Ahmed (Frisco, Texas/Ursuline Acad.) took a ball at midfield and dribbled into space for a good 35 yards. She then blasted a shot from about 25 yards that crept under the crossbar out of the outstretched arms of Brandeis rookie netminder Michelle Savuto (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood). It was Ahmed's seventh goal of the season, tying her for team-high honors.

      Brandeis increased their pressure late, garnering four late corner kicks after the goal, including two in the final minute, but were unable to convert them into any quality attempts on goal. The teams had battled evenly in the first half, with both taking seven shots each in the first 45 minutes. NYU junior Serra Tumay (Delray Beach, Fla./ Saint Andrew's School) led all players with five shots, while Brandeis senior Mimi Theodore (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) and rookie Sapir Edalati (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South) had three shots each for the Judges.

For the game, NYU owned an 18-16 edge in shots, but Brandeis had a 7-3 advantage in corner kicks. Both teams made seven saves, with rookie Meg Patten (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch) earning her second shutout of the season for NYU. Brandeis starter Francine Kofinas (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills West) had three stops in the first half for the Judges, while Savuto made four in the second, including a nice diving stop midway through the stanza.