CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – A first half goal by junior midfielder Kelsey Koenigs (Old Orchard Beach, Maine) gave the Gallaudet University women's soccer team a quick lead as it faced off against North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opponent Wilson College on Friday afternoon in its last game of the season. Despite striking first, the Bison (2-14-2, 1-9-1 NEAC) were unable to hold off the Phoenix (6-11, 2-9 NEAC) attack as they would go on to score the next three goals of the game and close out the Bison 3-1.
Senior goalkeeper Kara Gulvas (Crown Point, Ind.) played tough in the net as she saved 16 of the 19 shots that she saw. The Bison were able to start the game right as Koenigs scored in the 15th minute. Freshman midfielder Lori Eldred (Elkhorn, Wis.) had multiple scoring opportunities to score as she had three shots on goal throughout the game.
Right after the Bison scored, the Phoenix responded with an unassisted goal by Courtney Bernecker. Wilson's Nana Ohene-Manu was able to convert an unassisted goal in the 31st minute as the Phoenix led 2-1 at halftime.
Bernecker went on to score the last goal of the game in the 78th minute to ensure victory for Wilson. The Phoenix spread the ball around as they had seven different players register shots on goal.
Gallaudet sends off three seniors as this game marks the last game of the 2013 season. Gulvas played four years for the Bison as a standout in the net. Through four years she played in 69 games, accumulated 5,736 minutes played, saved 743 shots and registered nine shutouts. Gulvas closed out the season as the NEAC leader in saves with 160. Midfielder Monique Balcarcel (Lansing, Mich.) ends her time with the Bison after competing in 66 games over four years. Balcarcel tallied eight goals including a game-winner in 2012, three assists and 19 total points as a Bison. Despite only playing two seasons at Gallaudet, defender Katie Giles (Gaithersburg, Md.) had a huge impact on the field. She was able to stymie defenders and take away many scoring opportunities. In her two seasons she totaled three goals, five assists and 11 points.
"I couldn't have asked for a better trio of seniors then the ones we had this season," said Gallaudet coach Sarah Gumina. "Everyone of them went above and beyond what I could ever ask for."