Waltham, Mass. - October 20, 2010 - The Springfield College men's soccer team could not overcome another early deficit as it dropped a 3-1 decision at Brandeis on Wednesday afternoon in a non-conference contest. Jake Miskin tallied his first collegiate goal in the 89th minute.
The Pride has now dropped it last four matches to fall 9-7-1 on the season. The victory boosts the Judges record to 8-4-1.
Brandeis opened the scoring in the 12th minute. Senior captain Kyle Gross sent a beautiful through ball from near midfield. Junior Luke Teece was on the other end, racing to the ball and beating Springfield sophomore Chris Walton.
The Judges added the game-winning goal on a similar play in the 32nd minute. Junior forward Alexander Farr, who had checked into the game just 16 seconds earlier, was on the right end of a through-ball by classmate Theo Terris. Farr dribbled in and beat Walton for his sixth goal of the season. Teece nearly added a second goal three minutes before the half, but Springfield junior Scott Donofrio made a nice play tracking back to clear the ball off the line. Brandeis took the 2-0 lead into the intermission, outshooting the Pride, 10-3.
Brandeis added an insurance goal in the 56th minute which started after Gross served a nice ball into the box. Sophomore Joe Eisenbies and a Springfield defender got to the ball at the same time, with the visitor getting a head on the ball to try to send it back to the keeper. Eisenbies intercepted the back-pass and knocked it in to earn his fifth goal of the season.
Springfield ruined the Judges' shutout bid in the 89th minute. Rookie midfielder Scott Morneault's corner from the left went into the box and was deflected back to him. On Morneault's second cross, the ball found Miskin on the right side, and Miskin clanged it back off the far post and in for his first collegiate marker.
Brandeis senior goalkeeper Taylor Bracken made four saves in just over 80 minutes for the victory, while Walton made five stops for the Pride. The Judges finished with an 18-9 edge in shots and 6-1 margin in corner kicks.
Springfield will now focus on its final conference game of the season, which it must win to potentially qualify for the conference tournament. The Pride will host WPI on Saturday afternoon at 3:00 pm.