Women’s Soccer Falls to Brandeis 4-1 in Season Opener

Senior Jennifer Ibanez
Senior Jennifer Ibanez

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The MIT women's soccer team fell to Brandeis University, ranked No. 25 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll, 4-1, in both teams' non-conference season opening contest on Tuesday evening at Steinbrenner Stadium.

MIT senior forward Jennifer Ibanez (West Windsor, N.J.) scored the Engineers lone goal at the 70:59 mark and also recorded five shots in the loss. Classmate Morgan Moroi (New Albany, Ohio), junior Elizabeth Porter (Brookfield, Conn.) and sophomore Olivia Struckman (Scottsdale, Ariz.) all registered one shot apiece for the Engineers, while junior goalkeeper Lauren Ullmann (Princeton, N.J.) made 11 saves.

Brandeis used four different goal scorers to seal the season opening victory. Freshman Hannah Maatallak (Wilton, Conn.) netted her first career collegiate goal, while sophomore Samantha Schwartz (Highland Park, Ill.), junior Lea McDaniel (Phoenix, Ariz.) and senior Holly Szafran (Homewood, Ala.) all contributed one goal apiece.

The Engineers opened the scoring in the 71st minute of the contest after both teams were held scoreless through the first half. Freshman Amy Apostol (Los Gatos, Calif.) passed the ball from the 30-yard line and found Ibanez running towards the cage. Ibanez potted the goal, the 10th of her career, in the lower left corner of the net after breaking past two defenders just outside of the box, giving MIT the 1-0 advantage.

From this point forward, Brandeis controlled the match scoring four unanswered goals over 9:34 span late in the game. At the 74:37 mark, Maatallah gathered the cross from junior Cidney Moscovitch (Coral Springs, Fla.) at the top of the box and planted the ball into the top left corner of the net that knotted the game at 1-1. 2:07 later, senior Allyson Parziale (Pinehurst, N.C.) passed the ball to Schwartz, from beyond the 40-yard marker, who kicked the ball just out of the reach of Ullmann for the 2-1 lead.

McDaniel and Szafran put the game out of reach with under ten minutes remaining on the clock. McDaniel received a pass from Schwartz at the top of the box for the Judges third goal of the game, while Szafran planted her shot off the crossbar and into the net that made the final score 4-1.

Brandeis outshot MIT 24-8 and held a slim 3-2 margin in corner kicks.

MIT (0-1-0) heads to Emmanuel College on Thursday, September 3 for a non-conference contest at 7:00 p.m., while Brandeis (1-0-0) travels across town to Lasell on Friday, September 4, for a non-conference tilt at 4:00 p.m.