BEVERLY, Mass. – The Endicott men's soccer team lost to No. 4 nationally ranked Brandeis University, 2-0, on Friday night at Hempstead Stadium. Tonight's match served as the 2018 season opener for both programs.
Deadlocked at 0-0 late in the second half, Brandeis senior forward Andrew Allen (Norfolk, Mass.) finally broke up the tie in the 63rd minute when he headed home a shot into the right corner of the net off passes from Jake Warren (Medway, Mass.) and Michael Burch (Glastonbury, Conn.).
Burch got the scoring play going in transition as he sent a through ball from midfield up the left wing for Warren into plenty of space. Warren then corralled the pass on one touch and swiftly sent a cross to the back post for Allen, who promptly put the ball into the back of the net.
The Judges added another strike 10 minutes and 13 seconds later as Bryant Nardizzi (Framingham, Mass.) cleaned up a failed clearance near the 18.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Brandeis has made six straight trips to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament. It marks the second-longest active streak among more than 400 NCAA Division III programs.
- Endicott outshot Brandeis, 20-10, and held a 5-3 advantage in corner kicks.
- Greg Irwin (Passaic, N.J.) stopped eight shots for his second career shutout.
- Jack Bacon (Lincoln, R.I.) made two saves in his debut for Endicott.
Endicott (0-1) hosts No. 25 Saint Joseph's (Me.) on Sunday, September 2 at 7 PM. Brandeis (1-0) travels to Gordon on Sunday at 7 PM.
(Photo credit - David Le '10)