Women's Soccer Remains Undefeated With 1-1 Tie Against Brandeis

WALTHAM, Mass. – The Tufts women's soccer team traveled to Brandeis University where they hoped to continue their hot start in the 2017 season. In an evenly played contest on Gordon Field, the Jumbos came away with a 1-1 draw which remained consistent with results of their previous five games. Alternating between wins and ties the Jumbos move to 3-0-3 while the Judges move to 6-1-1.

Sophie Lloyd has scored a goal in the past three games 

Tufts went up 1-0 in the 21st minute in the first half against the Judges who are currently ranked 15th in Division III by D3soccer.com and 25th by the United Soccer Coaches. Jumbo forward Alessandra Sadler dribbled along the end line and crossed the ball through the box where freshman Sophie Lloyd sent a shot to the back of the net for her team-leading third goal of the season.

The Jumbos controlled the bulk of play in the first half, outshooting the Judges 8-5. Brandeis bounced back in the second half and fired seven shots compared to Tufts' five.

In the second half, the Brandeis offense broke through with an equalizing goal on a counter-attack. In the 57th minute of the contest, senior forward Haliana Burhans dribbled into the heart of the Tufts defense. She sent a through-ball to junior Sasha Sunday who one-timed it home for her team-leading fifth goal of the season. Sunday has now scored a goal in five of the last six games. Three of her goals have been game-winners, while the other two were equalizers.

The Tufts offense nearly responded with a goal of their own on their next attack into Brandeis territory. In the 61st minute, Lloyd  attempted to score the go-ahead goal, but her shot hit the post and freshman Elizabeth Reed attempted to knock in the rebound but missed high. In the 63rd minute, Sunday had a chance for a go-ahead score, but Jumbo sophomore Tally Clark cleared the ball off the line keeping the tie intact.

In the overtime sessions, the Judges goalkeeper, Sierra Dana, made a couple of game-saving stops to preserve the 1-1 tie. In the 97th minute, Lloyd crossed the ball to senior forward Mariah Harvey-Brown, but Dana got back in front of an open net to deny Harvey-Brown's shot attempt. In the 101st minute, Dana dove to her right to knock junior midfielder Sarah Grubman's attempt wide of the post. Brandeis had an opportunity to score in overtime as senior forward Samantha Schwarts tried to end the game, but was promptly stopped by Tufts junior goalkeeper Emily Bowers.

Tufts owned a slight edge in shots overfall, 17-15, and corner kicks, 5-4. The Jumbos were whistled for 15 fouls to seven for the Judges.

Dana had six saves which matched her career-high. Out of those six total saves, three of them came in overtime. Tufts' Bowers finished with five saves in the stalemate. This marked the second year in a row that the teams battled to a 1-1 draw.

Brandeis will host Wellesley College in a non-conference game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Tufts will be playing again at MIT on Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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Parts of this release courtesy of Brandeis University

Written by Colin Mason, Athletic Communications Intern