WALTHAM, Mass. – An 11th minute goal by sophomore forward Ben Premo (Florence, Mass.) stood up Wednesday evening as the fourth-seeded Brandeis University men’s soccer team upended No. 5 seed Plymouth State University, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the ECAC Division III New England tournament.
Brandeis (11-7-3) got the game’s only goal at the 10:29 mark when senior back Scott Zackaroff (Bath, Ohio) sent a tremendous ball from deep in his zone over the Plymouth State defense. Premo split two defenders and went in on net to tally his 15th goal of the season and the 25th of his career.
After managing just three shots in the first half, Plymouth State (10-7-2) turned up the pressure in the second. The Panthers got off seven shots in the second stanza, though just one was on net. PSU got its best chance in the 78th minute, when junior Takeru Tanikawa (Shizuoka, Japan) hit the crossbar and senior Steve Martus (Wilton, N.H.) sent the rebound wide. Plymouth also had a ball appear to go in following a corner kick, but the linesman ruled that the ball curved out of bounds before being put home.
Brandeis rookie Taylor Bracken (No. Andover, Mass.) made two saves to record his ninth shutout of the season, while PSU sophomore Tyler Shute (Deerfield, N.H.) kept his team in the contest with eight saves, including six in the second half.
With the win, Brandeis advances in the postseason for the first time since 1998. The Judges meet top-seeded Babson College in the semifinals Saturday, tentatively at 1 p.m., in Wellesley. The Judges and Beavers played to a 1-1 tie earlier this season.
(Courtesy of Brandeis Sports Information)
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