WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet women's soccer team played to a tie, 1-1, in a double overtime thriller against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) foe SUNY Cobleskill on Senior Day in the Bison's last home game of the season.
The Tiger's (0-10-1, 0-6-1 NEAC) lone goal came from midfielder Stacy Zinsman in the 55th minute as she booted a long shot to score her first of the season. Despite being in a defensive position for the majority of the game, The Tigers were able to take 23 total shots (14 shots on goal). Minutes before the end of regulation, Tigers forward Peyton Falb dribbled in front of the Bison net and kicked a sure goal but freshman midfielder Danielle Seiss (Poway, Calif.) was in position to deflect the ball right back to Gulvas to save what could have been the game-winning shot.
The Bison (2-11-2, 1-6-1 NEAC) were able to keep the ball on the Tiger side of the field for much of the first half. GU broke through in the 39th minute as junior midfielder Sofia Lindevall (Stockholm, Sweden) juked her defender in front of the goal and shot the ball past the diving goalkeeper Hayley MacLean (eight saves) to score her sixth goal of the season. Throughout the game senior defender Katie Giles (Gaithersburg, Md.) stymied the offensive opportunities of the Tigers, disrupting multiple fast break opportunities. As the clock ran down, senior Monique Balcarcel (Lansing, Mich.) had multiple opportunities to put the Bison ahead but was unable to convert before the game was forced into two overtime periods.
Gallaudet had numerous chances in overtime to push past the Tigers but was unable to find the back of the net. Lindevall had a potential game-winning breakaway in the 108th minute that was stopped by Hayley MacLean. Senior goalkeeper Kara Gulvas (Crown Point, Ind.) played tough in her last game on Hotchkiss Field as she tallied 10 saves on the 11 shots that she saw, including a shutout in overtime as she deflected the four shots she faced. The three seniors for the Bison played a large role in keeping the Tigers scoreless in overtime.
Giles has been a defensive stalwart for the Bison during her two-year career. Thus far, Giles has earned 11 career points and played in 34 games. She had a career-high of three goals against St. Elizabeth on Oct. 5, 2013. Balcarcel has been a dedicated player for the Bison over the past four years. She has tallied 19 career points, eight goals and appeared in 63 games. Gulvas has been a force in the net for the Bison, totaling 718 career saves in four years and she currently leads the NEAC in saves with 135 this season. She has shut out opponents on nine occasions.
The Bison begin a three-game away trip to close out the regular-season as they travel to Morrisville, N.Y,. to face NEAC opponent Morrisville St. (7-5, 5-3 NEAC) on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m.