Brandeis Tops Rutgers-Newark in 2nd Round of NCAA Tournament
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WALTHAM, Mass. (Nov. 12, 2017) – Brandeis University topped Rutgers University-Newark 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Championship Sunday night at Gordon Field in Waltham, Mass.
The 21st-ranked Judges scored in the 67th minute after a corner kick to advance to the 'Sweet 16' of the national tournament.
Rutgers-Newark ends a fantastic 2017 season with a 20-3-1 overall record, while Brandeis improves to 15-4-0 ahead of a Sectional semifinal matchup against Drew University next weekend.
Mike Lynch scored the game-winner for Brandeis at 66:50. On the play, sophomore goalkeeper Andres Medina punched out a high-arching corner, but the ball eventually found Lynch in the scrum and he was able to control and put his shot in the lower-left corner.
Rutgers-Newark nearly found the equalizer off the foot of junior Breno Lustosa just 1:15 later, but senior keeper Ben Woodhouse made a fully-horizontal save to keep his team in front. Woodhouse – who was magnificent all game – previously stopped a Rutgers-Newark penalty kick at 53:10, diving to his left to keep the game scoreless at the time.
In the 73rd minute, sophomore forward Fabio De Sousa fed senior forward Chigozie Atubi streaking down the left seam, but Woodhouse and the Judge defense were able to block both shots. De Sousa put two more bids on target in the final 7:30, but the Brandeis senior was able to do what he had to in order to make the saves in each instance.
Medina was highly impressive for Rutgers-Newark, making strong plays throughout the entire match and keeping his team within striking distance late by making a spectacular save on a breakaway. Medina ended the match with 10 saves in total, while Woodhouse had six. Brandeis ended the contest with a slim 21-18 edge in shots and a 7-4 advantage in corners. R-N outshot (11-10) and out-cornered (4-2) the hosts in the second half.
Brandeis had the better run of play over the first 20 minutes of match time, but Medina – Saturday night's hero – made four beautiful saves to keep the Judges off the board and the game scoreless.
Medina dove to his left to deny a low tracer off the foot of Noah Gans 4:37 in, and at 8:15 he made another nice stop on a Christian Hernandez rip. The second-year all-conference standout made two more denials in the 13th minute, and another two stops at 17:12 and 19:22.
Much like Saturday against Bowdoin, Rutgers-Newark closed the first half strong, playing an excellent final 20 minutes. De Sousa had a great chance after the Brandeis keeper vacated the goal, but De Sousa's bid was blocked at the top of the box. Moments later, senior back Arek Szoldrowskisprung classmate Hubert Dul down the sideline, and Dul delivered a cross that narrowly missed the foot of freshman Adonis Scottland in front.
Brandeis held an 11-7 margin in shots, a 7-2 edge in shots on goal and a 5-0 margin in corners after one. Medina made seven saves in the first 45 minutes for Rutgers-Newark.
The Scarlet Raiders have now reached the NCAA Tournament four times in five years, They have advanced in three of those four appearances, reaching the second round twice and the 'Elite Eight' once. Unfortunately, Brandeis has eliminated Rutgers-Newark each of the last two seasons.
The 20 triumphs are the second-most for the Scarlet Raiders in program history (21; 2016), and the team won its first-ever New Jersey Athletic Conference title at Rowan University on November 4. Newark is 41-7-1 in the last two years combined.
Scarlet Raiders fans are encouraged to keep checking www.rutgersnewarkathletics.com over the next month for postseason awards and more. Fans can also follow @ScarletRaiders and @RUN_Soc on twitter for the latest.