Despite Second Half Push, Women's Soccer Falls to Brandeis in Overtime

MEDFORD - Constant offensive pressure paid off for the Brandeis women's soccer team when Daria Bakhtiari scored the game-winning goal on a penalty shot in overtime to lift the visiting Judges 2-1 at Tufts Saturday afternoon.

Another goal for Liz Reed marks back to back scoring games.

An early battle of undefeated teams resulted in a hard-fought loss for Tufts on Saturday at Kraft Field. Brandeis came out of the gates with energy, winning nearly every ball out of the air. It didn't take too long for the Judges to score, as just 15 minutes in Amanda Fernbach netted an unassisted goal after picking her corner well, just outside the reach of Tufts goalkeeper Emily Bowers.

Junior goalkeeper Sierra Dana played a strong first half for Brandeis making early jumps on any opportunities the Jumbos produced. However, Brandeis would put in goalkeeper Victoria Richardson to start the second half.

Jumbos coach Martha Whiting had clearly implemented a few second half changes as Tufts completely flipped the script of the first half. Instead of fighting to keep the ball out of the defensive third of the field, this half Tufts was dominating possession and fighting to keep the ball in their offensive end.

These adjustments paid off with just 20 minutes left in the second half, when sophomore Liz Reed made a great defensive play to intercept a goal kick at the top of the box. Reed dished it to fellow sophomore Sophie Lloyd, who returned it on the give-and-go. Reed immediately turned and fired a shot into the bottom left of the net to knot things up at one goal apiece.

The Jumbos would go on to generate several more corner kicks and scoring opportunities in the second half. Tufts' tendency of making "platoon-like" substitutions resulted in a number of fresh legs one the field at once.

Senior Alex Aronson and sophomore Hannah Isenhart were direct representations of why Tufts' substitution system has worked well all season. The two Jumbos had come off the bench with a ton of energy, won every ball that was up for grabs, and controlled the pace of the game.

Regulation time ended with 1-1 draw, leading to a ten-minute overtime period. Just six minutes into overtime, a foul was called on Tufts inside the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Bakhtiari placed the kick right where you want it, wrapping it just inside the left post for the Judges' win.

The Jumbos were led by the sophomore duo of Reed and Lloyd on offense. Both players were able to fire a team-leading three shots, with Reed converting on one from Lloyd. The Judges were led in by Bakhtiari with three shots, and one goal. Meanwhile Amanda Fernbach scored on her one shot attempt. Bowers made seven saves in the Jumbo net, while Dana had six saves and Richardson made two.

The Jumbos return to the field on Tuesday, facing MIT at Kraft Field. Brandeis also continues their road trip Tuesday, playing at Wellesley.


Written by Athletic Comunications Intern Garrett Kerr