During the 2019 preseason, the Brandeis women's soccer team remained on their home campus. They participated in many local team bonding activities, such as Coach Denise Dallamora’s barbeques and movie nights. This year’s captains are seniors Katie Hayes, Amanda Fernbach, Sierra Dana and Kerin Miller.

The first-years each “bring something new and special to this team. We are all excited to see what they can contribute to the team and to watch them grow over the next four years,” Kerin Miller explained.

The women’s soccer team opened its 2019 season with a  4–0 non-conference road loss at Steinbrenner Stadium in Cambridge to a strong Massachusetts Institute of Technology squad, ranked 20th in the nation among Division III women’s soccer teams. The four goals scored by the Engineers against the Judges ties their most ever. The Judges have won six of the last eight meetings against the Engineers.

Three goals were scored by the Engineers in the first half of play, with Brandeis’ Victoria Richardson ’20 in the goal. The three goals for the Engineers were scored by Chessa Hoekstra ’20, Anna Weinstein ’22 and Claire O’Callaghan ’20. Richardson recorded three saves in the first half before being replaced in the second half by Rebecca Gold ’22. This was Gold’s second career appearance as goalkeeper for the Judges. She allowed one goal to Emily Berzolla ’20, while making three stops. Three of the Judges’ ten shots on the goal were taken by Juliet Carreiro ’22. First year Eva Gilliken ’23 for the Engineers earned her first collegiate win and the shutout for the Engineers by making five saves.

Overall, the Judges were outshot on goal 20–10. The Judges had six saves to the Engineers’ five. Each team had three corner kicks. The Judges committed eight fouls to the Engineers’ twenty.

In an interview with the Justice, Kerin Miller ’20 explained, “Our team has several goals that we hope to accomplish throughout the season. I think our main team goal, just like any other season, is to make it as far as possible in the NCAA tournament and ultimately compete for a national championship.” Miller elaborated, “As a senior entering my final season of collegiate soccer, I hope to cherish each moment, practice, and game as they come. This is an especially positive, encouraging, and incredible group players who have the talent and passion to really go far.”

Next up for the Judges is their home opener against the Bridgewater State Bears on Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 7p.m. at Gordon Field.