By Brandeis University Sports Information
WALTHAM, Mass. – The MIT men’s soccer team fell to local foe Brandeis University, 2-1, on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Engineers’ ledger dipped to 5-3 on the year while the Judges improved to 1-3-1 overall.
For the second game in a row, Brandeis opened the scoring. On a free kick in the 28th minute, Cory Bradley put a ball in the mix from about 30 yards out which found the foot of rookie forward Sam Ocel. He then slid it across the goal mouth to classmate Matt Peabody for his second goal of the season. The Judges enjoyed a 1-0 halftime lead despite getting outshot, 6-4, in the stanza.
MIT scored the equalizer in the 58th minute on the third of three straight corner kicks. After his first two attempts were deflected out of bounds by the Judges, Christian Therkelsen sent one through the box. Rookie defender Ben Lewis was there to head the ball home for his first collegiate goal.
Brandeis responded in the 68th minute with a corner kick goal of its own. Noah Bass got the ball through to Luke Teece who launched a ball at the net. Alexander Farr headed it past MIT netminder Dylan Rankin for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
The Engineers continued to attack, registering five shots in the final 23 minutes, but Brandeis’ Matt Lynch made two saves to preserve the lead. Rankin also had a nice stop on a shot by Judge rookie forward Joe Eisenbeis in the 73rd minute to keep the visitors within one goal.
Lynch earned the win with five saves, as the Brandeis defense kept an MIT offense that had outscored its opponents, 24-9, at bay. Rankin finished with three stops for the visitors.