Men's Soccer Edged by Nationally-Ranked Brandeis in First OT

Derrick Naugler

Waltham, MA --- Senior Mike Lynch (Weymouth, MA) scored a golden goal in the 100th minute Wednesday night to give the host Brandeis men's soccer team a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over WPI on Gordon Field.

The Judges, ranked #20 in the Top 25, improve to 3-1 on the season, while the Engineers fall to 3-2. It was the third-straight overtime game between the two squads, but first decided in just one extra session.

WPI scored the only goal of the first half in the 38th minute. Senior back Derrick Naugler (Westford, MA) sent a long free kick into the box. Junior forward Spencer Ralphs (Simsbury, CT) then broke free to head it home for his first goal of the season.

After getting outshot, 4-2, in the first half, Brandeis put on the pressure in the second, outshooting WPI, 16-2. The Judges finally broke through in the 79th minute. Sophomore midfielder Max Breiter (Lincoln, MA) sent a cross through the box to senior Josh Berg (Weymouth, MA). Berg took one touch to settle the ball then blasted it inside the left post for his first of the season.

WPI had two balls saved off the line, one in the 64th minute under Brandeis's pressure, and again in the 97th minute when Reese Petersen (Springfield, NJ) denied the Judges' Noah Gans (Newton, MA).

Brandeis netted the game-winner with less than a minute to go in the first overtime. Senior Josh Ocel (North Attleboro, MA) took a long throw-in from the right sideline. It bounced once into the 18-yard box and onto the foot of Lynch, who netted his second of the season.

In all, Brandeis outshot WPI, 22-8, for the game, including 20-4 in the second half and overtime. Senior Ben Woodhouse (Suffield, CT) had four saves for the Judges to earn the win. WPI's Connor Hoeckele (Granby, CT) had six stops in the effort.

WPI opens its NEWMAC campaign on Saturday at noon with a trip to Babson College. Brandeis plays its third-straight home game Saturday at 1pm against Elms College.

Release Courtesy Brandeis Sports Information