Spital, Savuto Propel Judges to Third Straight Shutout Against Eastern Nazarene

Michelle Savuto '15
Michelle Savuto '15

QUINCY, Mass. (information taken from an ENC press release)- The Brandeis University women's soccer team took a 2-0 non-conference decision against Eastern Nazarene College at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Judges improve to 9-2 while the Lions dip to 8-4.

The visitors opened the scoring in the 42nd minute of play to seize a 1-0 lead. Junior forward Dara Spital (Miami, Fla./ Gulliver Prep) tallied her ninth score of the season as her direct shot from a free kick just outside of the penalty box hit the crossbar and landed inside the goal.

Brandeis held a 6-3 advantage in first-half shots, including a 3-2 margin in shots on goal. Neither side earned a corner kick in the opening 45 minutes.

The Judges doubled their lead to 2-0 in the 50th minute. Spital found sophomore forward Holly Szafran (Newton, Mass./ Newton North) unmarked at the top of the penalty box unmarked with a pass from the left side of the field. Szafran slotted a shot inside the left post for her third marker of the year.

Brandeis finished the match with 12 shots, including seven on frame. Eastern Nazarene registered nine shots in the contest with four being on target.

Both squads earned a pair of corner kicks in the contest.

Junior goalie Michelle Savuto (Ridgewood, N.J./ Ridgewood) stopped four shots between the pipes for the Judges on the day as she recorded her eighth shutout of the season and third consecutive clean sheet. Kristen Farley (Westminster, Mass.) recorded five saves in goal for the hosts. 

Sam Williams (Forest Hill, Md.) and Jules Speno (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) each attempted three shots in the game while Gabby Humphreys (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) fired two.

Up next, the Judges play their University Athletic Association (UAA) home opener on Saturday October 12th at 12:00 p.m. against Rochester.