Brandeis downs Keene State 3-2
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The 12th-ranked Brandeis University men's soccer team got a goal and an assist from a senior and a rookie on Saturday as they defeated host Keene State College on the first day of the XARA Men's Soccer Classic at Keene State's Owl Athletic Complex. Rookie Michael Soboff scored a late second half goal on an assist from senior Sam Ocel to lead the Judges. The duo connected in the first half as well, with Soboff getting the helper for Ocel.
Keene State took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute on a quick-give-and-go play in front of the Brandeis net. Senior Scott Douglas dribbled up the field and after laying it off to junior Michael Jacques got the ball back and buried it into the left corner of the net.
The Judges answered five minutes later when senior forward Kyle Feather converted a low cross from senior back Ben Applefield. The goal was the 17th of Feather's career, and he now stands one point shy of cracking Brandeis's career top 30. The assist was the 11th of Applefield's career.
Brandeis took their first lead lead in the 34th minute when Soboff sent a cross in front that was headed homed by Ocel. The goal was Ocel's 24th of his career, putting him one shy of becoming the 14th player in school history with 25 tallies.
Douglas had a chance to get the equalizer for Keene State early in the second half. With a defender on his back, he dribbled in and let fly a shot that went just wide of the far post.
Douglas set up the tying goal in the 69th minute when he sent in sophomore Eric Dietz. A sprinter on the KSC track team, Dietz went down the left side and put the ball into the top corner of the net.
Brandeis scored the game-winner with less than 10 minutes left in regulation. KSC junior goalie Mike Ketterman made the initial save on a shot by Ocel. Ocel got his own rebound and fed Soboff, who slid the ball into the open net at the 9:21 mark for his first collegiate goal. With his three-point day, Ocel moved into 14th place on the career scoring list with 68 points.
Ketterman finished the game with four saves for KSC. Junior Joe Graffy made three saves for the Judges in his first collegiate start. The win marked the fifth time since the start of 2012 that the Judges came from behind to win a game.