AMHERST, Mass. – Following a 1-1 double overtime tie, the 11th-ranked Brandeis University women's soccer team advanced past No. 16 Amherst College in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships with a 3-2 advantage in penalty kicks Sunday afternoon at Hitchcock Field.
- Brandeis held an 18-17 edge in shots and 9-8 advantage in shots on goal. Amherst led 12-1 in corners, but committed 15 fouls compared to the Judges' five.
- Junior Lea McDaniel scored the first goal of the game for Brandeis in the fourth minute, while Megan Kim '16 evened the score with just under 15 minutes to play in regulation.
- After two scoreless overtime periods, the game went into penalty kicks. Amherst goalkeeper Holly Burwick '16 stopped the first shot, but Brandeis scored on the next three attempts from Holly Szafran '16, Maddie Marx '19 and Michaela Friedman '17, respectively. Kim scored on the Purple & White's first shot, before back-to-back Amherst misses. Ashleyn Heller '17 evened the score at 2-2 before the Judges went back ahead, but Amherst missed on its final opportunity.
- McDaniel led Brandeis with five shots on goal, while Holly Szafran '16, Julia McDermott '17, Cidney Moscovitch '17 and Samantha Schwartz '18 each added one. Goalkeeper Alexis Grossman '17 made seven saves in net.
- Offensively for Amherst, Caleigh Plaut '19 led the home team with three shots on net, Emily Hester '17 posted two, and Kim, Meredith Manley '18 and Rubii Tamen '19 added one a piece. Burwick made eight saves in net for the Purple & White.
- Brandeis scored just 4:50 into play. Moving down the right sideline, a cross by the Judges landed inside the box. Amherst defenders were unable to clear it as McDaniel took the shot near the penalty hash and placed it into the back of the net.
- With 15:15 left in the first half, Burwick kept it a one-score game as she made an incredible save, deflecting the Brandeis shot over the net.
- Grossman made two impressive saves of her own early in the second half to maintain a lead.
- In the 75th minute, Amherst knotted the game as Kim found the loose ball in a crowded box for her fourth score of the season.
- After two scoreless double overtime periods, the Judges advanced in penalty kicks, 3-2.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Amherst's impressive season comes to an end as it finishes the year with an 11-3-3 overall record. Having been selected as a regional host, the Purple & White advanced to the second round of the national postseason tournament for the third consecutive season. They are now 26-10-5 all-time in 15 NCAA Championship appearances.
- Brandeis improved to 7-4 all-time in the tournament in its fifth appearance.
- The Judges will play William Smith (18-1-1) in the sectionals next weekend with a day and time to be announced.