Brandeis men's coach Mike Coven in rare air with 500 wins
From Brandeis Sports Information (see original release)
|Mike Coven immediately after his 500th win.
Photo: Jim Pierce / Sportspix.com
Brandeis University men's soccer coach Michael Coven became the 6th coach in Division III history and 11 NCAA coach overall with 500 career wins tonight as the Judges defeated their top rival, Babson College, in dramatic fashion, 1-0 in double overtime.
Coven, who is in his 43rd season on the sidelines for the Judges, is the second-longest active tenured coach in the NCAA, behind DII Rockhurst College's Tony Tocca, who is in his 44th season. Coven is the second men's coach in New England history to reach the milestone, joining former Keene State coach Ron Butcher. His overall record now stands at 500-258-52.
The winning goal came off a set piece, as junior Josh Ocel found the head of senior captain Jake Picard in the 108th minute to break the scoreless deadlock.
In regulation, Brandeis outshot Babson, 15-9. Both teams put one shot on net in the first half, but keepers Kenn Fryer for Brandeis and Stephen Donato for Babson made the saves. The Judges came out firing in the second, putting two shots on net in the first five minutes, but Donato made two terrific diving saves on Brandon Miskin to keep the teams scoreless.
The Beavers had seven shots to Brandeis's six in the remainder of regulation, and the shots were even at two apiece in the first OT. The visitors had their best chance of the game in first session, but leading scorer Justin Kaplan sent his blast in the 95th minute just over the crossbar. Ocel sent one just wide of the net in the 98th minute, forcing the final 10-minute period.
The Judges had the first three shots of the second OT before finding the golden goal. Ocel was pulled down between the top of the 18-yard box and the left sideline. The teams gathered in the box as Ocel stood over the ball, and his rocket hit the head of the streaking Picard for the game-winner.
Fryer finished with one save in his second shutout of the season. Donato had eight stops in the losing effort, seven coming in the second half of regulation.
It marked the second evening in a row that Picard scored the game-winning goal in a 1-0 Brandeis victory, having tallied the winner against Clark the night before. The Judges (5-1) have now played six matches this season and won five of them by one goal, four by a 1-0 score.
This was the 63rd meeting in Brandeis's series with Babson (3-2), the most-played rivalry in school history. The Judges are now 25-28-10 and on a four-match winning streak, making the current senior class the first in school history to go undefeated against the Beavers. Six of the past seven meetings have been decided by one goal, with four of those reaching the second overtime. Coven is 19-22-7 against Babson in his career.